CCCPA Facilitates the First Meeting of Libya’s Tribal Leaders
22 October 2014
CCCPA hosted and facilitated the first meeting of the Libya’s Tribal Leaders Forum in Cairo during the period 19-22 October 2014.
The Forum--the first of its kind to be held outside Libya--brought together more than 50 leaders and representatives of tribes from across Libya, with the objective of supporting Libyan efforts at national dialogue and reconciliation.
“Hosting this Forum is an important milestone in trying to find a peaceful resolution to the complicated and dangerous situation in Libya that seems to be spinning out of control with disastrous ramifications for the future state of Libya and its neighbors”, noted Counsellor Ashraf Swelam, Director of the Cairo Center. “This forum comes within the Cairo Center’s efforts to extend all possible support to the legitimate institutions of the Libyan state”. On concluding their meeting in Cairo, the chiefs and representatives of the Libyan tribes issued a Communique highlighting what they considered the basis for overcoming the current situation in Libya and establishing the National Council of Libyan Tribes.
The Forum was organized under the umbrella of the project “Enhancing the Capacity of Local actors in Efforts to Improve Peace and Stability in North Africa, the Sahel and Great Lakes” financed by the Government of Japan in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The event also enjoyed the support of Ford Foundation. A major expected outcome of this project is “Improved knowledge and skills in conflict resolution and crisis management in North Africa, the Sahel and the Great Lakes Region”.
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