Speaker Events - Thursday, September 27, 2012
Al-Magariaf: Libya Seeks Reconciliation, Not Revenge
“In a new Libya, we seek not revenge but reconciliation, not exclusion but inclusiveness," said Mohammad Yousef al-Magariaf, President of the General National Congress of Libya, during an IPI event on September 27, 2012.“We will protect civil liberties, human rights, especially for women and minorities. We will fight corruption and poverty, seeking a better standard of living for our people, to compensate them for decades of depravation and need.”
Mr. al-Magariaf also condemned the September 11, 2012 attacks on the US embassy in Libya and expressed condolences for the death of US Ambassador Christopher Stephens and the three US citizens and ten Libyans working alongside of him. “We appreciate the measured response of the United States administration,” he said. “We share with the American people in this tragic loss because we, too, lost a great friend of Libya who understood the Libyan cause of real freedom and rendered tremendous support for which the Libyan people will always be grateful.”
Following his speech, Mr. al-Magariaf engaged with IPI’s audience in an informal discussion. He addressed a variety of topics, including the role of religion in politics, constitution building, the rule of law, and the role of women in Libyan society.
When talking about religion, Mr. al-Magariaf was careful to separate the few extremists groups from the majority of Islamic society. He said, “If you talk to the majority of Libyans, you will find they have two characteristics in them. Number one, that they love their country, so they are nationalists. Number 2, they love their religion. This is the combination from which the Libyan fabric is made.”
On the future of alleged war criminal Saif al-Islam Qaddafi, the president said, “He will stand a trial. We will do our utmost to make sure it is a fair trial. After trial, he will pay his dues, then he will be an ordinary citizen in Libya… this is the new democratic Libya, a just Libya, a fair Libya.” He added, “The ICC has some understanding with the Libyan government that it is the prerogative of the Libyan government to try these accused.”
Alaa Murabit, founder of The Voice of Libyan Women (VLW), who had spoken on an IPI panel earlier that day, asked about the president’s plans to insure women are included in the new Libyan government. After saying that he has six daughters, Mr. al-Magariaf said, “We’ll take whatever measures needed and necessary to empower women, in every way, in every direction, in every sector of our life, starting with the committee which will draft the constitution. There will be women there, and the constitution has to address the rights of women. This is my belief, and I will work very hard for it.”
The event was moderated by Warren Hoge, Senior Adviser for External Relations at IPI.
Watch event video:
The Global Observatory
As Russia and the West Joust, Ukraine Risks Deeper Divisions and More Violence
The longer this stand-off continues, the greater the risk that divisions will harden into permanent fault-lines and doom Ukraine to a bitter and potentially violent disintegration.
Key Global Events to Watch in April
A list of key upcoming meetings and events with implications for global affairs.
2014 Top 10 Issues to Watch in Peace & Security: The Global Arena
A list of ten key issues to watch that are likely to impact international peace and security in 2014, compiled by IPI's Francesco Mancini.
The Global Observatory, produced by IPI, provides timely analysis on peace and security issues, interviews with leading policymakers, interactive maps, and more.
April 05, 2014
IPI Opens Middle East Regional Office
International Peace Institute President Terje Rød-Larsen inaugurated IPI’s new Middle East Regional Office with a recognition of the area’s critical importance to the world and the rapid political changes underway in the countries of the region, and he asserted that IPI has an “important role” to play there.
April 03, 2014
In Horn of Africa, Links Between Disaster, Conflict, and Displacement
What are the links between climate change, conflict, and the displacement of people? A panel of experts discussed this nexus and its implications in the Horn of Africa at the International Peace Institute on April 3rd in an event cosponsored by the Nansen Initiative.
March 26, 2014
Derek Plumbly on Lebanese Resilience Amid Rising Challenges
Lebanon has exceeded expectations in dealing with the continuing fallout from the crisis in neighboring Syria, said Derek Plumbly, United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, on March 26th. Speaking at the International Peace Institute, Mr. Plumbly praised the Lebanese people for “actually sustaining a measure of stability in their country.”