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The need to continue the political dialogue


By: Al-Badry al Shreif al-Manaey*

We made it in the talks where we stand now, but we didn’t get to safety yet. A lot of questions are still there, some are optimistic, البدري الشريفothers are pessimistic, but most of them are confused. All of the asked questions are well-placed, we say well-placed, but not necessarily right or wrong, as we passed right and wrong, truth and falsehood, legality and illegality. We are facing an untenable position.

Now we are a fragile, divided state threatened in its existence with increasingly complicated difficulties of all living, security and health standards. We are all responsible for what happens in Libya and for the suffering of Libyans from displacement, fear, intimidation and lack of security and stability.

Desperation and disappointment made a lot of people displaced from the city of Sirte, fleeing from Islamic state’s (IS) hell, to reconsider returning to the city after they were shocked of the mistreatment they experienced, as they are so disappointed and frustrated, according to what the spokeswoman for the displacement in Al-Marge municipality said during the past days.

We have to think differently out of the box, leave that black box that divided us to two, three and even four groups, all are delusional, except one group possesses the truth and patriotism and as such, has the sole right for power and wealth. Even if it can’t monopolize arms and that is the issue.

Indeed, no group has the military advantage to end the situation for its side. Resort to arms only means destruction and devastation for Libya, and opening the door for division and terrorist groups like IS to prevail and take over.

Yes the political dialogue is a must, and there is no other exit, we have to reach an agreement. There are many setbacks in the process, there is times pressure and a lot of tricky issues, but the dialogue still remains the only solution. Hence, we have to be patient and move forward, not boycotting the dialogue, so we can achieve what we want out of it. Here we ask the important question about what we want?

What we want?

We want peace, stability and security; we want life back to its normality and people to their jobs; we want the rehabilitation of state institutions especially the army away from political and ideological polarization; we want the rehabilitation and activation of security institutions to be vigilant, to protect lives, properties and provide security for all citizens; we want the displaced and migrants back, provide the appropriate environment for a decent live back at home; we want basic requirements of food, electricity, fuel and health care to be available for all citizens.

Those are the essential requirements for the transitional period, which is to be a year or little more, achieving them requires uniting the Legislature, Executive and Judicial Institutions of the state, improving security and stability, so we can lay the foundations of a stable country.

Hence, the solution should be possible, and there is no need for escalation and threats of boycotting, instead the dialogue has to continue, but that doesn’t mean accepting all the proposed amendments, it is a political dialogue and it could take time, but we have to move on until we reach an agreement.

We want to restore our nation that we lost.

*Member of Constituent assembly for drafting the constitution

Translated by: LIBYAPROSPECT source