With the conclusion of the first round of Geneva talks between the two warring sides in Libya, one should commend the U.N. and UNSMIL for trying, I repeat, trying to find a peaceful resolution in Libya. It is hoped it will take the process forward next week towards nominating a government of national unity and ensuring a ceasefire together with the withdrawal of armed groups from the country’s towns and cities. Unfortunately, the outcome is in doubt even if there is an agreement. An agreement will not last long given that outside powers barely understand the two sides.
Let’s remember who is being represented at the negotiating table. On the one hand, there is the democratically elected House of Representatives in Tobruk, supported by Egypt, the Gulf, Italy and France. Tobruk’s military arm, is led by General Khalifa Haftar’s Operation Dignity. On the other side is the General National Council (GNC) in Tripoli led by Libyan Dawn - which includes a patchwork of former al-Qaeda members, Muslim Brotherhood supporters, and even alleged back up from ISIS representatives.
Libya’s crown jewels
Historians may look back at the Geneva talks on Libya as the beginning of the end of Libya as we knew itDr. Theodore Karasik