2018 (EN)

On November 12th and 13th in Sicily, the long-awaited conference on Libya organized by Italy took place. With this diplomatic initiative, Rome has launched new life in the process of reunification of Libyan institutions, divided since 2014 between the members of Tripoli and Tobruk. In fact, especially during the last year, the Government of National Unity (GUN), based in Tripoli, lost much of the legitimacy that derive from the support of the United Nations and the International Community. Not only the GUN, under the leadership of Fayez al-Serraj, has failed to open a serious channel of dialogue with the rival institutions of Cyrenaica, but has also proved to be absolutely weak, hostage of a varied range of militias, and too hesitant initiating the necessary security and economic reforms. The impasse and the deterioration of living conditions have also increased the discontent of the populations of Tripolitania (west) and Fezzan (south).
The "summit summit" was significant: in the morning at Villa Igiea there was a meeting attended by, in addition to Haftar, the premier Giuseppe Conte, Fayez al Sarraj, the Russian premier Dmitri Medvedev, the president of Egypt Al Sisi, the president of Tunisia Essebsi, the president of the EU Council Donald Tusk, the French foreign minister Le Drian, the Algerian premier Ouyahia and the UN envoy for Libya.