‘Beginning of New Road for Nation’ Believes UN special envoy to Libya

Moving ahead to settle the dispute between two sides of Libya, the United Nations has assured national-reconciliation conference in the Libyan town of Ghadames on 14-16 April. However, there are already prevailing signs that the military strongman Khalifa Haftar has become powerful enough to take control of Libya by force, including the capital Tripoli.

The UN special envoy Ghassan Salame said that all Libya’s political groups had been invited to the conference, which he believes is “beginning of a new road for the country”. He also said there would be about 120 to 150 delegates attending the meeting.

Salame while briefing the conference in New York, said that if meeting fails to yield any positive result there would either be a protracted stalemate or fresh conflict. “A failure now to advance the political process demonstrates absolutely that the country is totally controlled by force of arms,” he added.

The meeting is scheduled to look into two different positions inside the nation, at forefront stands the need for a new constitution, as well as the presidential and parliamentary elections. Secondly, Libya has been torn apart by two rival administrations, one which backs Haftar in the east, while the other based in Tripoli in the west, which is backed by the government of Fayez al -Sarraj.

However, the dispute is not just restricted to the east and west in Libya, with different doctrines, tribes, militia forces, and town rivalries, all playing a major part in ruckus created in the dysfunctional oil-rich state.

In recent months, Haftar’s military has started taking control of the nation, sending a shiver down the spine of people who believed democracy can be restored in the nation. The move has thus put pressure on the UN to advance and reach some sort of solution in the nation.

Salame warned: “If they do not do what is required of them, we will look to alternatives.” He insisted: “What is clear is that the Libyan people fervently desire that their institutions be united as soon as possible. Unfortunately, they are up against powerful forces, which have materially profited from the country’s chaos and division and are therefore loath to work towards a unification.”

As it stands, Haftar is backed by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates and has barred putting the Libyan National Army under civilian control. Besides, gripping the main Libyan oil field through military advances in the last two months.

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