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Optimistic Statements on Skheirat Dialogue


There is an optimism surrounding an imminent peaceful resolution to the crisis, arising from statements by some parties to the conflict. An MP participating in the dialogue sessions, Abu Baker Baireh, said that the goal of the dialogue is to end the suffering of the people and put an end to the expansion of terrorism and destruction in the country. Baireh added that the dialogue can be stopped at any time but this act will not be in the interest of the people.

Baireh wrote on his Facebook page: We hope the citizens will not respond to those who work to mobilize the street, they must be wary of these attempts. There can only be a solution through dialogue, political settlement and a return of stability in administration and services.

On his part the boycotting MP, Fathi Bashaqa, issued a statement saying: Over the past difficult months in the country, which felt like a lifetime, with the bloody conflicts, losses in lives and assets, difficulties in livelihood, and lack of security, we have fought to succeed in achieving national consensus and we participated in marathon rounds of dialogue and lengthy discussions to reach a consensus and overcome these troubles facing the country and the citizens. Bashaqa stressed that most parties felt an urgent need to put an end to the crisis and agree on the fourth draft after making some amendments to it.

Mohammad Saleh Al Makhzoum of the National Conference said that “The last Skheirat session was an optimistic one with much proximity in viewpoints, and the UN exerted significant efforts to bring us closer with regard to the comments on the draft”, in a reference to the fourth agreement draft proposed by the UN mission to the delegations.

In terms of the political parties, the President of the Justice and Building Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, announced his support for the national dialogue as the best means to resolve the Libyan crisis. He added, “We will seek to offer political and popular support to ensure the success of the national unity agreement”.

Sawwan called on opinion leaders, media professionals and activists in the civil movement, assembly points and squares to “steer clear of escalation and exchanging accusations and to stop spreading rumors, opting for a rhetoric of appeasement, reconciliation, reason and concessions among the people of a single country, to repair the damage and put an end to the crisis, thus renewing hope and bringing back the happiness for all Libyans”.

In the same context, the National Forces Alliance, the political rival of the Justice and Building Party, welcomed the seeds of a political agreement in Skheirat and renewed its support for parliament, including its decisions, and its insistence on national principles in the consecutive dialogue rounds.

It stressed that the political circumstances that the country is going through mean that everyone must assume their historic responsibility to put an end to the suffering and division of the people of this one country.

It also declared once again its previous stand towards dialogue, in terms of being the best means to end to the current situation. The National Forces Alliance also called on everyone to enter into a larger dialogue that includes the return of all internally displaced persons and refugees, after repairing the damage and transitional justice taking its course.

The statement noted that the agreement to form a national government must address two very important matters, a Comprehensive National Recovery Program and an efficiency standard.