Libyan Supreme Committee for the Return of Displaced Persons Discussed Its Role in Reconciliation ProcessSep 13, 2017
UN Special Envoy to Libya Ghassan Saleme told members of Libya Supreme Committee for the Return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs): “The peculiarities of the Libyan society allow reconciliation at a local level without long waiting for reconciliation at a national level. That is why I wish you success and that you accomplish your mission in short time.” His remarks came during a two-day workshop addressing internal displacement issues within a national reconciliation framework that concluded last Thursday in Tunis.
Organized by UNDP and UNSMIL, the training drew participants to discuss the establishment of a resettlement commission, reparation programs and funding tools that could improve relations and mutual understanding between displaced persons and outreach mechanism.
The workshop aimed at establishing a common understanding of conflict resolution and engaging participants in a process of identifying a bottom-up approach to reconciliation. The participants learned about basic principles and guidelines of international law concerning the right to return, design reparations, conflict resolution tools and reconciliation processes, and basic communications tools for target sensitization programs.
“The session on communication and advocacy was very important. Media could make a conflict more violent, that is not in our way for reconciliation. We need a communication strategy in this committee,” explained the Head of the Supreme Committee, Dr. Mohamed Gubran.
The discussion centered on tactics which can be used to foster unity, and the different attendees came together to reflect on their motivation to work for IDPs issues in a durable manner.
“This committee need international support. This workshop is part of this support. We need to make people in Libya aware of the situation of IDPs. Libya is still a complex context, but this meeting was a very useful step to try to face the challenges of the conflict,” argued Dr. Ibrahim Rabu, a member of the High Committee.
During the closing ceremony, Maria do Valle Ribeiro, DSRSG and UNDP Resident Representative, confirmed the United Nations commitment “to support this committee to achieve real results for a more stable Libya.”
This event was part of the project “Towards National Reconciliation in Libya” which aims at assisting Libyan national and local authorities, civil society and other partners in their effort to promote an inclusive vision for a comprehensive national reconciliation strategy that will adequately contribute to peace building in Libya.
The next step after this agenda will be a follow up with the committee as the process of ensuring the integration of IDPs into their return or host communities.