Libya’s democracy needs meaningful international support

Talks between factions provided hope, then frustration. It’s time for international powers to assist rather than interfere, says Zaid Al-Ali.

The World Today
Published 2 December 2022 Updated 5 December 2022 3 minute READ

Zaid Al-Ali

Senior Advisor, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance

Peace negotiations can be a major source of frustration, nowhere more so than in the Arab region. For decades, countries such as Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Israel and Palestine, Iraq and others have been beset by conflicts that international mediators have sought to resolve without success. 

The Libyan negotiations in 2022 serve as a good illustration of the challenges peace talks face. From March to June, Libya’s main political forces tried to negotiate a settlement that would allow the country to turn a new page and move towards stability. Despite all the factors that had hampered progress in the past still being present, negotiators reached agreement on important issues that had never been discussed before at that level. 

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