The spokesman for the Tunisian Foreign Ministry, Mukhtar Shawashi, was quoted on Tunisian TV today saying that Tunisia had began efforts to launch a national dialogue in Libya which included all parties so as to achieve compromise and a peaceful solution to the country’s crisis.
Pointing out that the situation in Libya inevitably affects it, he added that the initiative was endorsed by the Libyan government and several foreign ambassadors in Tunisia including those of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the US and Algeria. Tunisian Foreign Minister Monji Hamdi had met them to discus the issue, it was stated.
No date, however, has been announced by Tunis for the start of this dialogue nor is it clear whether Tunisian officials had in fact started making contacts with politicians in Libya.
Tunisia is proposing that the dialogue should be under the supervision of the United Nations and the African Union.
Last week, the main ambassadors of the group of Western allies of Libya – Italy, France, the UK and the US – as well as to the deputy UN and EU envoys met with a number of Libyan party political leaders with the same objective in mind: forging dialogue and compromise.