Al-Haji: UNSMIL’s Virtual Dialogue Sessions Fails to Fulfil Its Purpose – Al Marsad

Libyan political analyst Hisham al-Haji painted a gloomy picture for the dialogue series in light of widening gaps and differing positions.

(Libya, 15 December 2020) – Libyan political analyst Hisham al-Haji voiced scepticsm over the trajectory of the UN-brokered Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) and its envisioned outcome, noting that gaps were widening between parties on both sides of the negotiating table.

In a statement to EREM News, al-Haji said: “The virtual dialogue deepened the disputes and widened the gap between participants in the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF). There is a lack of confidence on the part of a wide section of Libyans on the role of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the Committee of 75.”

The platform’s composition, its positions and its inability to reach a solution are to be blamed for the political impasse, he added.

Al-Haji warned that the failure of UNSMIL to reach a solution to the Libyan crisis will turn the course of events back and facilitate a return to chaos and instability.

The truce agreement signed last October remains fragile and still prone to escalation, he said, adding that “any alternative to a peaceful solution to the crisis is a return to fighting, probably at a greater pace”.

Moreover, in a veiled reference to Turkey, he also pointed out that regional powers are still “betting on the failure” of the political track as they prepare for the post-dialogue phase through military build-up.

He noted that Turkey’s increasing military presence in Libya forebodes a return to war.

© AlMarsad English (2020)

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