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April 2012 

Tribal leaders are signing the peace and reconciliation accord

Reconciliation efforts in Libya have brought results today Saturday when Tabu and Awlad Suliamn tribes along others signed a reconciliation accord in Tripoli at ceremony that was attended by the President of the National Congress, the Prime Minister, tribal leaders, Libyan wise men, ministers and foreign diplomats.

Sheikh Salem Madi, a leader from Awlad Suliaman tribe, pointed out that the two tribes reached the agreement of reconciliation in the city of Sebha and Fezzan region, thanking the people who believe in unity, peace and security in Libya and look forward to the future.
“We voice that Sebha and Fezzan must move forward on the path of development and contribute to building the new Libya.”

Sheikh Madi added that the south is secure, rich, calling on investors and companies to invest and implement projects. He also stressed that the south is against regionalism and centralism, calling on the government to pay more attention to the south which suffered a lot from marginalisation.

Madi called upon the civil society to make this day of reconciliation a starting point for a national dialogue. It is a common task to build a new Libya based on reconciliation and tolerance.

Mohamed Sidi Ibrahim, a Tabu leader, underlined that the south of Libya is the symbol of tolerance and altruism and the reconciliation agreement reached is an example to be followed by others in order to build a new, united and secure Libya.

He demanded that problems and conflicts be solved by legal means in the courts of law. Sidi Ibrahim called on the government to respect its promises towards developing the south.

He also called on the media to play a positive role in this crucial period by not hatred and instead promote the culture of tolerance and reconciliation and free expression. “The media should be professional in its approach and contribute in the efforts of reconciliation,” he said adding that his message to Libyans was to work hand in hand for a better future.

Mokhtar Snoussi Abdllah made his, President Kennedy’s quote: “My fellow Libyans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

He also paid a tribute to the Libyan army and the Sheikhs for their contribution to the success of the dialogue to reach the reconciliation agreement.

As for Mohammed Ellafi, who spoke on behalf of the victims, the injured and missing people of the south, said Libya was experiencing and witnessing the toughest challenge in its modern history. “Only through law and reason that we solve so many problems in Libya,” he said.

The defense minister Mohammed Mahmoud El Baregthi paid tribute to the two tribes as well as to the soldiers who died on duty when tribal conflict took place to the wise people and dignitaries and to those who refuse regionalism and work to build a new Libya based on freedom, justice and tolerance.

The Prime Minister Ali Zidan underlined the importance and urgency for reconciliation in Libya and in order to achieve this goal people should combine all efforts into that direction.

Zidan said his government would implement developing plans and projects but he also reminded that the government has no money to give away to people who do not justify their salaries or refuse to work.

He recognised that the south has been forgotten and marginalised and promised to make sure that the development process moves forward in the south.

Zidan paid tribute to the Libyan army and the security forces calling on the youth to enrol in the army and police for Libya needs a strong army and strong police to ensure security stability and development.

On his part Mohamed El-Megarief, the president of the National Congress, said that the reconciliation between the tribes of Tabu and Awlad Suliaman is the first step on the way to build new Libya for all Libyans and with institution and the rule of law.

“We must call it enough to live chained to past grievances and should move to reconciliation which will lead us to come to terms with ourselves, with our history and with each other,” he said.

The Chief of Staff of the Libyan army Yussef El Mangoush said reconciliation should be achieved on the basis of tolerance, dialogue, the supreme interest of the nation and by recognizing the mistakes of the past.

“Everybody must leave behind hatred and selfishness if we really want to build a new Libya and to write a new page in the Libyan modern History calling also on the State to provide services and opportunities to the youth by implementing and realising development project nationwide,” he said.

Source: Tripoli Post 

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