H.E. Mahmoud Jibril, former Interim Prime Minister and Chairman of the Executive Board of the National Transitional Council of Libya met in Berlin with members of parliament, representatives from various federal ministries, government agencies and selected think tanks to discuss the political developments and security situation in Libya.
The discussion evaluated the political, social and economic challenges that Libya would be facing with the demise of the Gaddafi regime. Noting that more than 40 year rule under the Gaddafi regime has resulted in a political vacuum, there was urgency for Libya to rebuild itself politically.
To this end, Libya would be expected to establish rules of law and draft its new constitution over the coming year which would then pave the way for general elections. To ensure a smooth political transition, some participants emphasized the need for the National Transitional Council (NTC) to manage the rivalry and competing interests of the different players including the ethnic tribes and the independent rebel factions.
On Europe’s role in rebuilding Libya, some participants pointed out that Europe could seek to provide support and play an advisory role in matters that were pertinent to the NTC. Potential areas could include the support of civil society, education and health care.
Körber Foundation regularly invites a small circle of high-ranking actors within Berlin’s foreign policy community to its Political Background Discussions. As in the Bergedorf Round Tables, the discussions take place shielded from the public, so as to enable a confidential, frank, and constructive exchange.