Peace Is Always Possible, Even in Libya

Sant’Egidio Community Organizes Meeting to Discuss Peace Efforts in War Torn African Country

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“There is no clash in Libya between Muslims or Liberals, between the West, the East and the South of the country, but there is fighting for power and for money,” said Awad Ibrahim Al-Baraasi, former Minister in the last Libyan unitary government until 2013, intervening in the works of the International Meeting for Peace, which this year has the theme “Peace Is Always Possible.” The annual event is organized by the Sant’Egidio Community and is being held in Tirana, Albania.

“Peace is a patriotic task, which must be conducted unitarily by Libyans including all the political subjects,” said Al-Baraasi. The Gaddafi years destroyed the State institutions as they were designed by the Constitution of 1963, and fostered corruption, he added.

With the collapse of the dictator, the Libyan population found itself without institutions, abandoned by the International Community, and victim of a predatory mentality. Therefore, “the obstacles to peace are those who take advantage of the domestic fighting because peace threatens their interests,” said Al-Baraasi.

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