Libyan reconciliation accord: Restoring Stability 

Message by Dr Kerim

It is undeniable that Libya has experienced tumultuous times of violence and terror since the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi’s regime in 2011. The escalation of civil war, the emergence of terrorist groups, the 2012 Benghazi attacks, and the spread of human trafficking and migration have left a sorrow mark in the history of the Libyan nation. Nevertheless, the initiation and signing of the Libyan Political Agreement allows for a new chance of peace and progress to slowly be ushered in this nation.

I support and applaud the efforts of the United Nations and the UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon in facilitating this significant accord.

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, Martin Kobler stated “Participants in the Libyan political dialogue have turned a page in the history of Libya. After a period of political divisions and conflict, Libya is restarting its political transition.” And indeed it is.

This UN-mediated agreement on forming a national unity government is of great importance for both the Mediterranean and Middle East region. Stabilization of Libya is a precondition for any efforts to combat terrorism in the North African region and to hinder the spread of violence into neighboring regions.

I have known Ambassador Kobler personally for over 20 years and have had a very constructive cooperation during my diplomatic mission in Germany. He is truly a persistent and principled negotiator. His diplomatic skills and experience in the United Nations and Foreign Service sector as well as his extensive knowledge were essential for the successful facilitation of the Libyan dialogue process.

Maintaining stability in this fragile region can only be achieved through inclusion as well as close cooperation and partnerships between all parties involved. Undoubtedly, Libya’s journey to reconciliation and peace has just begun; it will be a difficult and challenging one. In order for the new government in Tripoli to be formed it is indispensible that all state actors come together and ensure a favorable political atmosphere in Libya. Only inclusivity and collaboration can yield positive results and restore democracy in the country. As we perceive the complexity of such a task we must underline that the establishment of these initial building blocks and the signing of such an agreement by delegates from the differentiating governments is a promising step in the right direction.

The resolution of the Libyan conflict and crisis is a cornerstone for both the Mediterranean and the Middle East. This is why restoring stability and maintaining peace in this region should remain a high priority on the United Nations agenda.

19 December 2015