Small group of Libyan men believe in the possibility of achieving Libyan- Libyan reconciliation, and they accomplished many successes made headlines. Men who their sessions, negotiations and efforts seeking consensus are heard and seen, you can hear the cries of those who returned home, those men are the main reason for their return.
Men working without hear them banging, without competing for shows, they do believe in reconciliation and betting on Libyans.
LIBYAPROSPECT, exclusively, interviewed the spokesperson for the Council of Elders in Libya, Dr. Taher Al-Badawy, who was happy to talk about their efforts in reconciliation and social dialogues.
Interviewed by: Mohamed Rabie*
LIBYAPROSPECT: What are the most important success you achieved in reconciliation efforts that you lead in the western region of Libya?
Al-Badawy: We managed to settle down some disputes in western region, through exchange of detainees. Also we managed to open closed roads between Janzur and Wersheffana, and road between Tripoli and Zawiya in the west. We are seeking to open the road linking Gharyan and Wersheffana, which is the main road linking Tripoli and cities in Nafousa mountain.
LIBYAPROSPECT: As for exchange of detainees, how many detainees were released until now?
Al-Badawy: We managed to release hundreds of detainees and
abducted, 150 persons were exchanged between Janzur and Wersheffana, and 75 between Gharyan and Zintain, were released and returned to their families.
LIBYAPROSPECT: What is the hardest situation you faced and succeeded in resolving?
Al-Badawy: The hardest process of reconciliation was when we intervened to stop fighting between Gharyan and Zintan, men attending the process, which seemed difficult or impossible in the beginning, were courage, responsible and wise, but at the end, meetings ended with real consensus between two neighbor cities.
LIBYAPROSPECT: What was your role in the recent dispute between Wersheffana and Zawiya?
Al-Badawy: We had communications and meetings with all parties, Janzur, Wersheffana and Zawiya, we are seeking to, and will, dispute the crisis. We managed to restore calm to the western region, and reduce level of tension and hatred between regions and cities.
LIBYAPROSPECT: How can you describe your contacts with parties, who determine location for negotiations and how was it done between cities of western Libya?
Al-Badawy: We stand at equal distance from all parties, we go directly to them. Libyan elders and notables have no problems at all, we communicate with leaders of the region directly.
LIBYAPROSPECT: And who sets location for meetings and negotiations?
Al-Badawy: We name place and city for meetings, region where we go secures such meeting.
LIBYAPROSPECT: How is the atmosphere in such meetings and what are the rituals
Al-Badawy: Libyans are so kind, believe me, there were pure and transparent Libyan- Libyan discussions.
LIBYAPROSPECT: Do you reach solutions from the first meetings? Or through repeated sessions?
Al-Badawy: Honestly, at many times, we end disputes from the first meeting.
LIBYAPROSPECT: Does this mean that contrived problems in Libya only needs a big heart? Does Libya only need a “big heart”?
Al-Badawy: I can’t hide it, but some talks failed at the beginning. But usually, it only takes three meetings to end any conflict, I believe that we were motivated by Libyans kindness and emotions.
LIBYAPROSPECT: What do you think of this trajectory, as there are other political and civil parallel courses to get out of the current crisis, and reconciliation path is the most prominent in headlines, so how things will go with other more complicated and contradicted problems?
Al-Badawy: May be, that is because Libyans are more interested in detainee exchange and reconciliation news. But on larger scale, we call for unity government as the only way out for Libya.
*A Libyan Journalist and Author