More than two dozen Libyans drawn from all parts of the political spectrum and representing both civil and political society are meeting in Dakar, Senegal on 11-13 May. This will be an opportunity for Libyans representing a wide range of views and interests, including long-standing opponents, to meet, many for the first time, and to talk to each other without intermediaries or outside interference.
The meeting, which has been in preparation for several months, has been organised by the Brazzaville Foundation with the support of President Macky Sall of Senegal. But the Foundation will not be taking part in this dialogue which will be exclusively between Libyans.
Among those taking part are members of the February and September movements.
Jean-Yves Ollivier, Chairman of the Brazzaville Foundation, said:
“Our aim is to help break down the barriers of mistrust and suspicion which currently divide Libyans and which continue to be the biggest obstacle to peace and reconciliation in Libya. This is not a negotiating meeting, but we hope it will create the beginnings of a rapprochement which will underpin negotiations on an eventual political settlement. As such, it is complementary to, and supportive of, the UN and other initiatives to bring peace to Libya.”