Congo’s President Calls for Libyan Reconciliation Conference


On Saturday, the Congolese President, Denis Sassou Nguesso, underscored the critical need for significant progress in preparations for the National Reconciliation Conference in Libya. He said this represents a key precondition for the forthcoming general elections in the North African country.

In his address during the inaugural meeting of the preparatory committee for the Libyan National Reconciliation Conference, held in the Congolese capital Brazzaville, Nguesso promised that this “conference signifies the inception of a peaceful electoral process.”

The event was attended by various Libyan factions, representatives from the Arab League, the President of the African Union (AU) Commission, and the United Nations (UN) Special Envoy.

President Nguesso took the opportunity to underline the value of these gatherings, asserting that those assembled are “working towards a peaceful and stable Libya.” He appealed to all factions, without reservation, to forsake the relentless pursuit of power and prioritize the broader public interest above individual gains, to facilitate a path to stability.

Expressing his unwavering commitment to assist the Libyan people in finding suitable solutions to facilitate the organization of a reconciliation conference, the President of the High-Level Committee presented the conditions for Libya’s return to stability and peace.

He also urged Libyans to reject divisions, secessionist tendencies, and to endeavor to rebuild bridges of communication amongst tribes, religious groups, cities, and villages since Libya, in the end, is a single and unified nation.

On his part, Abdoulaye Bathily, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya, echoed the need for conducting transparent and inclusive elections as a condition for Libya’s reunification. He confirmed that the UN stands firmly behind all initiatives aimed at fostering national reconciliation within the country.

Libya, a North African nation with significant oil reserves, has been in a state of political unrest and conflict since the Arab Spring led to the overthrow of its long-time dictator, Moammar Gaddafi, in 2011. Following Gaddafi’s fall, the country descended into civil war, with various factions vying for power, which led to the rise of extremist groups and severely damaged the nation’s economy.

After multiple international interventions and negotiations, in 2020, the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, facilitated by the UN, reached a consensus on a roadmap to peaceful elections, which includes a temporary unified government to stabilize the nation and prepare for national elections.

However, the journey towards stability is still fraught with challenges. Efforts to bring about national reconciliation and organise general elections have been hampered by disagreements among different factions, security issues, and economic instability.

Congo’s President, Denis Sassou Nguesso, in his capacity as the high-level AU committee chairperson on Libya, has been actively involved in the mediation process. He has consistently stressed the importance of a Libyan National Reconciliation Conference as a prerequisite for stable, inclusive general elections.

The recent meeting in Brazzaville marked a significant step in preparing for the Libyan National Reconciliation Conference, with various Libyan parties, the Arab League, the President of the AU Commission, and the UN Envoy present.

The ultimate goal of these efforts is to end the years-long conflict, bring about national reconciliation, and set Libya on a path towards democracy, stability, and prosperity. The outcome of the Libyan National Reconciliation Conference and subsequent elections are therefore keenly watched events, not just in Africa, but globally.