A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (9 November) on the occasion of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum beginning in Tunis today:
Following the signing of the ceasefire agreement, the personal exchange that has commenced today within the context of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum marks the next milestone along the path to peace in Libya. It offers the Libyan people a long-desired chance for a lasting end to the conflict and a peaceful future in a united country.
Difficult decisions and painful compromise will be necessary if it is to come to a successful conclusion. We are grateful to UNSMIL and the Acting Special Representative for Libya, Stephanie Williams, whom we will continue to do our utmost to support within the framework of the Berlin Process.
The Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) first convened virtually on 26 October and is meeting physically in Tunis for the first time from Monday, 9 November. The LPDF comprises 75 representatives from the Parliament, the High Council of State and the various spheres of Libyan society (e.g. tribal representatives, women and youth). One of the goals of the LPDF is to agree on a political framework that will allow national elections to take place within 18 months and the appointment of a new, inclusive Libyan government. Click here for more information