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Qatar brokers reconciliation deal between Libyan tribes.


The Libyan tribes of the Tuareg and Tebu yesterday signed a comprehensive reconciliation agreement under the auspices of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to put an end to fighting in the town of Ubari, southwestern Libya.

The agreement was signed in Doha by heads of delegations of both tribes in the presence of HE the Assistant Foreign Minister for International Co-operation Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim al-Thani.

A permanent ceasefire is part of the agreement that also stipulates the return of the displaced people of Ubari to their homes, opening the public road to Ubari and ending all armed manifestations in the town.

In a joint statement, the two sides welcomed Qatar's efforts under the leadership of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim to achieve reconciliation that was endorsed by all tribes and neighbouring countries.

The statement called on all Libyans to reach an agreement and reconciliation and work side by side to build the country.

Qatar expressed hope that the reconciliation would help in achieving further harmony and unity among Libyans and maintaining the security and stability of their country.

HE Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman said that Qatar's efforts to solve the dispute in southern Libya stemmed from its "belief that dialogue is the most effective way to end conflicts in all countries", expressing hope that the reconciliation that was agreed would be a starting point for bringing peace across Libya.

Speaking exclusively to QNA, Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman hailed the role of Libya's neighbouring countries, notably Algeria and Niger, in the success of Qatar's efforts, praising all the sides and parties to the conflict who were "patient and brave and met at the same table", which, he said, helped in reaching the comprehensive reconciliation agreement.

He added that the Qatari initiative came after interaction with the Libyan General National Congress which requested that HH the Emir broker a mediation in southern Libya, a region that has been suffering from disputes in more than one area.

He noted that the dialogue was inter-Libyan and Qatar had worked to bring points of view closer, adding that this was the role Qatar was known for in settling disputes in Darfur, Djibouti, Eritrea and Lebanon.

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Publication:Gulf Times (Doha, Qatar)
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Date:Nov 24, 2015
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