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Tunisia absent from the list of guests at the Libya Peace Conference in Berlin

Written by Frédéric Dubessy on Friday, January 17th 2020 à 18:27 | Read 150 times

The Tunisian flag will not be flown in Berlin during the International Peace Conference on Libya (photo: F.Dubessy)
The Tunisian flag will not be flown in Berlin during the International Peace Conference on Libya (photo: F.Dubessy)
LIBYA / TUNISIA. Germany, the inviting power of the International Peace Conference on Libya to be held in Berlin on Sunday, January 19, 2020, has launched the invitations. The list of countries called to come and discuss a political future for this country in civil war since 2011 includes a huge omission.

Unsurprisingly, the two men fighting for power in Libya, Fayez Al-Sarraj, head of Libya's Government of National Unity (GNA) and Khalifa Haftar, head of the Libyan National Army (LNA), are among the invitees. A ceasefire text negotiated in Moscow under the aegis of Russia and Turkey will serve as a basis for this meeting. Even if Khalifa Haftar did not finally initial it, unlike Fayez Al-Sarraj.

Around the table, in addition to the UN, the League of Arab States, the European Community and the African Union, there will also be representatives of the United States, Russia, Great Britain, France, China, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Turkey, Italy, Algeria and... the Congo. The Congolese president, Denis Sassou-Nguesso, heads the African Union's High Committee on Libya.

The absence of a country bordering Libya, and all the more concerned by the conflict as it hosted some 1.5 million Libyan refugees at the beginning of the civil war, raises many questions. Its ambassador, Ahmed Chafra, expressed "great consternation and amazement" in the columns of Deutsche Welle Arabic. According to him, the German government would have been pressured "by parties in Libya or elsewhere in the region to exclude Tunisia.


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