Libyan Political Dialogue Forum has kick-started in Tunisia

Libyan Political Dialogue Forum starts in Tunisia. [Photo: UNSMIL]
The UN-sponsored Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) began Monday in Tunisia between representatives of the internationally-recognized Libyan government and Khalifa Haftar. 

The LPDF is a fully inclusive intra-Libyan political dialogue established by the Berlin Conference Outcomes, which were endorsed by UN Security Council Resolutions 2510 (2020) and 2542 (2020).

“The overall objective of the LPDF will be to generate consensus on a unified governance framework and arrangements that will lead to holding national elections in the shortest possible timeframe to restore Libya’s sovereignty and the democratic legitimacy of Libyan institutions,” Stephanie Turco Williams, the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), said in a statement late October.

Participants invited to the forum are drawn from different constituencies, based on the principles of inclusivity and fair geographic, ethnic, political, tribal, and social representation.

The meeting came at a time of an overwhelming sense of hope emerged in Libya after the signing of a permanent, countrywide cease-fire agreement between Libyan parties on Oct. 23 in Geneva.

Williams announced on Oct. 23 the signing of a “permanent” and immediate cease-fire agreement between military delegations from Libya’s warring parties, calling it “an important turning point towards peace and stability in Libya.”

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