Libyan PM announces national dialogue initiative to battle instability

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan Sunday announced the launch of a national dialogue initiative to tackle issues ranging from national reconciliation to disarmament, as Libya battles a wave of instability.

The country has in recent months been hit by deadly attacks on military and police officers in the east and strikes at its main oil terminals, in some of the worst unrest since dictator Moamer Kadhafi was toppled in October 2011.

“It is a question of forming a commission made up of Libyan personalities from civil society who will initiate a debate around the issues of the future constitution, national reconciliation, displaced persons, disarmament or security,” Zeidan said.

He said the “form of the state and the questions of development will be included, among other issues, in this national debate with the support of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL)”.

“This commission that will oversee this dialogue will be entirely independent from the government and from the General National Congress (the highest political authority in the country),” Zeidan said at a joint press conference with former vice-president Jumaa Attiga and UNSMIL chief Tarek Mitri.

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