By Ahmed Elumami
Tripoli 30 June 2013:
An Arab League delegation has been in Tripoli talking with Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdulaziz about Libya’s . . .[restrict]security situation.
Government sources said that the League delegation, headed by Deputy Secretary-General Ahmed Ben Halli also looked at how the organisation could help with the elections for the 60 Committee, which will frame the new constitution, in the same way that they assisted with the vote for the GNC, a year ago next week.
On the security issue, Abdulaziz explained that Libya was still in a transitional period from revolution to a state with institutions and the rule of law.
Over and above security, the meeting focussed on the building of an effective criminal justice system, with courts and prisons meeting international standards. There was also talk about national reconciliation and the promotion of national dialogue.
Abdulaziz and Halli discussed how the League could help Libya strengthen its regional relations and boost its links with other international bodies, including the African Union and the EU.
However, perhaps the most important part of the meeting was Libya’s forthcoming presidency of the League’s Council of Foreign Ministers. In September, Abdulaziz is likely to inherit a daunting agenda, topped by the continuing civil war in Syria and the rising danger of it overflowing into Lebanon. There may also be a major political crisis in Egypt, if President Mohamed Morsi is unable to end the current ugly confrontation with opposition parties.