(Press release in Arabic)

The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) welcomes the launch today of an extensive series of public consultations with Libyans from all segments of society which will take place across the country in the coming months in the framework of the Libyan National Conference Process (NCP).

The NCP, which forms an integral part of the United Nations’ (UN) action plan for Libya, seeks to give a say to all Libyans in shaping the response to the ongoing crisis, including those who have not been able to participate in the political process until now.

It represents a unique opportunity for all Libyans to contribute to fostering stability, advancing national reconciliation and shaping the future of their country.

The NCP does not seek to replace the other pillars of the UN action plan (the electoral, constitutional and Libyan Political Agreement amendment process), but to reinforce them and ensure that the approach taken is in line with the will of the Libyan people.

The outcomes of the consultative process will form the foundation of the National Conference. The NCP also seeks to complement the ongoing outreach efforts led by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Mr Ghassan Salamé, and the UN Support Mission in Libya

“The launch of the NCP represents new dynamism in the search for a solution to the crisis in Libya.” said David Harland, HD’s Executive Director. “This is an opportunity for all Libyans to propose solutions and reflect on the future they want for their children.”

The two first NCP public consultations took place today in Benghazi and Zwara. These sessions will be followed by additional public consultations in other locations throughout the country and abroad in the coming months.

Mr Ghassan Salamé conveyed his congratulations to the Libyan citizens who participated in today’s public consultations, as well as his gratitude towards HD for supporting the NCP.

HD would like to thank Libyan authorities for their co-operation and calls on all Libyans to actively participate in the NCP either physically or electronically.