West discusses Libya’s stability, stresses on elections in the country
Libya– Western countries have once again shown optimism for democratic development in Libya after Friday’s gathering in Paris which saw the top officials discuss the efforts that the international organisations are taking to make certain developments possible in Libya.
The meeting saw top diplomats push the rival politicians in Libya to go ahead with the scheduled presidential elections. The gathering was organized by the United Nations France, Italy, and Germany and saw some of the big names like the Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris and the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Despite the pressure, there is no certainty over proper conduct of the electoral process as there are a lot of differences between the international partners and the small factions in Libya, which were responsible for the disagreement clauses with the government.
But the summit did not promise stability in the nation, it merely hoped to attain a situation. International partners are expecting that after this summit, civilians as well as rival groups come to terms with the interim government and let the election be conducted but one of the experts in the matter, Jalel Harchaoui, stressed that summit is not the way to Libya’s stability.
“You could have a summit that contains a lot of signals but no coherent conclusion. If that’s the case, then Libyans will be left to go through the next six weeks with legal obstacles, security dangers, and a lot of ambiguity,” he stressed.
Libya has been subjected to proxy wars, internal conflicts, corruption among other things. Being an oil rich country, there was a lot of attention that the nation received in the last 10 years which translated to escalating violent behaviour in the region. The beginning of the ongoing conflict started with the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
Turkey is heavily involved in the country as it backs the government in Tripoli while other nations such as Egypt, Russia and France have sided with Haftar, easetern based commander of forces. It was only last year in OCtober when the infighting saw some amount of toning after the UN-brokered ceasefire was signed in Geneva.