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Ehtiwish: We started contacts with different Libyan groups

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Ehtiwish Faraj Ehtiwish, the Libyan politician, and former minister admitted in an interview with the Ewan Libya website that what Libya witnessed five years ago was an earthquake that damaged everything and wasn’t expected by the regime.

He said there were talks about reforms before the revolution as Libya wasn’t a spot in heaven but the revolution stopped all the plans.  “We hoped our brothers in Libya would be successful in building a state or semi-state that considers the minimum level of human rights” but through the past five years were on the course of the worse.

“They couldn’t even achieve the Libya we weren’t satisfied with; they couldn’t reach the minimum level of the meaning of nation. Everybody calls Libya a failed state while it turned into worse; it is no longer a state to be described as a failed one” according to Ehtiwish.

He continued saying that this face is what pushed Libyans to move and contact with our brothers inside the country; we understood that they sense the danger of the phase and what the country has become.

He stated that the delay in conducting the talks and connections was to leave a chance for the partners in the nation as they believe they have the desire to change, as do we, but change has to be for the better.

“We started contacts with those different from us ideologically and politically. I wish even to communicate with those who belong to extremist religious streams someday”. We are now gaining the fruit of elimination that made Libya fall in the first quake,” he said. He asserted that they have the desire to spread the consensus thoughts, and Doha course is an initiative that should be suggested to all parties.

He believes that Libya is on 7 diverse pillars that don’t reach the enmity level; the General National Congress (GNC), the legislative House of Representatives (HoR), the Libyan army started in Al-Marj city under Haftar’s leadership, other militias that call themselves as army, the displaced and the fight Islamist group, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Presidential Council (PC) and its National Accord Government (GNA) and none of them should be excluded.

Ehtiwish said that he contacted with several entities in the hope of success including Misrata local council, the fighting Islamist group, Muslim Brotherhood, and the groups of the ex-regime, who many of them understand that they can’t lead Libya alone.

Ehtiwish stated that he works alone and by saying “we” he means all patriotic entities he knows and doesn’t know. He reiterated that he only represents himself in the patriotic reconciliation project and doesn’t belong to any tribe or a group or party. “I conducted multiple communications, but I don’t want all the credit for myself, I am sure that many entities are holding many contacts for Libya and reconciliation.” He said.

Concerning holding talks in Doha, he said that whereabouts shouldn’t keep targets back, adding that he attended the first and second Doha meetings and witnessed no trials of intervention in the matters being discussed, he though didn’t rule out that different things may have happened with others.

Farraj added that Libyans’ problem with Doha was psychological. Doha was just a link that isn’t the weakest or the strongest in the Libyan affairs. He wondered what would be one’s reaction if invited to talks in France, Tunisia or Washington.

He said that helping prisoners who were mistreated and lived in inhumane conditions is a top priority in Doha course.

Farraj stated that they tried to meet the most different groups from them including the Islamist fighting group and the Muslim Brotherhood. He elaborated that they asked to meet the both groups because of the trials to demonize Misrata, which is of the most developed Libyan cities. He said that the meeting was honest in which all parties recognized the danger behind not sitting on one table.

“We felt the importance of an honor document amongst Libyans that refuses fight and declare a civilian state and peaceful handover of power.”

“No tribe, city or party in Libya will have the strength Libya had back in 2011 and ended in 10 months, the overtake by any city will enable it to rule for 1,2 or 10 years but it will always be in war with other components of the country.

Answering a question on what was achieved in “Doha 1″ and “Doha 2,” he said that several prisoners were freed especially in Misrata prisons, and more will be released.