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First steps to solutions: international efforts in solving the Libyan crisis

Expert Dialogue

The Regional Program Political Dialogue South Mediterranean of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung(KAS PolDiMed) in cooperation with the Office of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung to the United Nations in New York are pleased to host a high-level expert dialogue on recent achievements in Libya and the manifold mediation efforts. The discussion on November 12th at 8:00am EST/2:00pm CET convenes international experts on Libya and will be hosted under Chatham House rules. Initial input will be provided by key stakeholders in the process: the German Ambassador to Libya, followed by a perspective from the United Nations and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue

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Recently, mediation efforts in the Libyan crisis have borne fruit with a ceasefire agreement between the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA) in the military track. Beyond the ceasefire agreement as a success of the 5+5 Libyan Joint Military Commission, a withdrawal of foreign actors within three months has also raised hopes for a long-term de-escalation of the Libyan situation. Promising successes were also achieved in the economic track, with concession talks between the two sides and increased economic activity in the country, especially with respect to oil exploration. Progress has been made on the political path, which has proved to be one of the most sensitive reconciliation issues, as has the resumption of the Libyan Forum for Political Dialogue (LPDF) on October 26 with an in-person meeting in Tunis on November 9.

Against the background of the various initiatives and promising developments, the Regional Program Political Dialogue South Mediterranean of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS PolDiMed) in cooperation with the KAS Office at the United Nations in New York would like to convene an expert dialogue on these recent major peace initiatives. In our discussion we inter alia seek to address questions such as:

  • Feasibility of proposed recommendations by the various initiatives;
  • Representativeness, legitimacy of and ownership by participants in mediation efforts to resolve the Libyan crisis;
  • Challenges to international efforts through dynamics amongst Libyan actors and their international allies

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