UN Sponsored Libya Dialogue Fails as Calls for Abandoning It Increase
“IS (Daaesh) leaders, fighting IS with support from those who created IS? Meaning there will be no army, no democratic state as we (Islamists) promised you in Djerba in 2011 and there will not be elections of ballot boxes’ legitimacy. We want you (the people) to be blind, silent, kneels and followers of our omnipresent plans for your future,”.
Calls for halting the Libya dialogue sponsored by the UN have increased today as a result of both political and violent developments in the country that rendered the Libyan people more pessimistic and suspicious of these talks as a whole.
The three car bombs in Qubbah today in which over 45 civilians killed and scores wounded have made the shaky less transparent dialogue rather obsolete and irrelevant insofar as the majority of Libyans are concerned.
The fourth round of the UN sponsored talks are supposed to take place today somewhere in Morocco though the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has yet to announce the time and venue of these talks.
Those who argue against the continuation of the talks believe that they are not transparent and are being imposed by the UN and other powers in order to enable militia leaders and terrorists gain political power through negotiation when the failed to do so at the ballot box and by means of war since June last year.
“We urge all members of the House of Representatives to stop taking part in this stupid dialogue with terrorists. Instead call for reactivating the Arab Joint Defense Agreement and work hard to support the army to prove to everyone that you are with Libya and its sovereign decision,” said a post on facebook by a largely followed commentator.
Libyans who oppose the talks believe that the talks at: helping terrorist groups to take part in a so-called government of national unity which would including the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda affiliate Muqatela group; pardoning war criminals represented in leaders of militias that have committed mass killings and destruction; co-opting Libyans into coexistence with terrorism and terrorist leaders as well as accepting these terrorists as part of mainstream of society; diminishing the role of the army as a legitimate institution in the state as well as marginalizing its brass; providing arms to militias of both the Muslim Brotherhood militias and Muqatela under the pretext of fighting IS, and finally preventing Major General Khalifa Haftar from rebuilding the army and excluding him from the Libyan political life.
These beliefs and fears are widespread and growing as time passes.
What has made Libyans deeply pessimistic about political dialogue is in fact watching this week the debate in the Security Council on the need to lift the arms embargo and the consequent opposing stand that has been adopted by Washington and London against arming the Libyan army.
Today, two participants in the Dialogue, Sharif Al Wafi and Tawfiq Shuhaibi, have announced that they have decided to withdraw from the talks because of “deception and conspiracy of establishing a government of agents that would be imposed on the Libyan people as a precondition lifting the arms embargo,” said a source who declined to be named.
Other participants in the talks are expected to withdraw, too, as a result of political and social pressure that they will be facing in the coming hours and days.
“IS (Daaesh) leaders, fighting IS with support from those who created IS? Meaning there will be no army, no democratic state as we (Islamists) promised you in Djerba in 2011 and there will not be elections of ballot boxes’ legitimacy. We want you (the people) to be blind, silent, kneels and followers of our omnipresent plans for your future,” said another facebook posting.