Rome, 22 May 2017. Full support of Sahara tribes to the security agreement for cross-border cooperation between Chad, Libya and Niger
Representatives of Tuareg, Toubou and Awlad Suleyman tribes give their full support to the agreement signed in Rome Sunday 21 May by the Interior and Security Ministers of Chad, Italy, Libya and Niger.
Rome – May 22, 2017. In the framework of the dialogue “The Sahara Triangle: New Perspectives”, fifteen government and tribal leaders from three bordering countries, Chad, Libya and Niger, at the presence of the Italian Minister of Interior Marco Minniti, signed a joint statement of concrete cooperation to “support peace, development and security on their borders and beyond, because “there is no peace without security, there is no security without development, and there is no development without peace.”
The event was promoted by Ara Pacis Initiative and sponsored by the European Commission.
A further step was thus taken to consolidate the peace and reconciliation agreement between the Libyan Awlad Suleyman and Tebu tribes, facilitated by the Ara Pacis Initiative with funding from the European Commission in December 2016 and signed in the presence of the Tuareg leaders on March 28 under the auspices of the Italian Minister of Interior, Marco Minniti and Vice President of the Libyan Presidential Council, Abdulsalam Kajman.
Chadian, Libyan and Niger ministers and tribal leaders call for the immediate implementation of this reconciliation agreement on the part of the Libyan Presidential Council, Italy and the European Union, also in light of the Joint Declaration by the Interior Ministers of Chad, Italy, Libya and Niger, signed on May 21, 2017. The Awlad Suleyman-Toubou Reconciliation agreement is considered fundamental in view of maintaining the trust of key parties involved and as a necessary condition for lasting peace and security throughout the region.
Tribal leaders and ministers underlined the fundamental and binding importance of the link between peace, security and development, recalling the urgency of addressing the root causes of violence, terrorism, illegal immigration, illegal trafficking of drugs, weapons and human beings, which are to be attributed to extreme poverty, injustice and failure to honor the dignity of peoples.
“We know perfectly well that security and border control go hand in hand with a full-fledged project and full collaboration with the tribes who are historically the guardians of the Sahara,” said Mr. Minniti. “There is a relationship of mutual trust between us and we rely heavily on this relationship of mutual trust.”
“By extending the scope of the cooperation with Libyan partners to the other two Saharan countries most affected by the phenomenon of illegal immigration, smuggling and terrorism, we have activated transnational tribal networks of solidarity to bolster the official agreements between states in an inclusive way, respectful of the dignity of peoples, key factors for achieving stability and peace,” commented Maria Nicoletta Gaida, president of the Ara Pacis Initiative.
Among the signatories to the statement: Mohamed Bazoum, Minister for the Interior, Public Security, Immigration and Decentralization (Niger); Youssouf Barkay Minister of Institutional Relations (Niger); Ahmat Mahamat Bachir, Minister for the Interior, Public Security and Immigration (Chad); Youssouf Abassalah, Minister of Sports and Youth (Chad), Moulay Iqdeedi Amaa Quineedi President of the Libyan Supreme Tuareg, Alzalawi Mina Sale Qalama Alzalawi, Sultan of the Tebu of Libya, Alsunousi Masoud Zayd President of the High Council of Awlad Suleiman (Libya).
Tripoli, 22 July 2017. The President of the Presidential Council of Libya Faez Al Serraj has met the two commissions of the notables and elders of the Tebu and Awlad Suleiman tribes to address implementation of the reconciliation agreement between the two tribeson 22nd July 2017 in the Presidential Office, in Tripoli..
The permanent Peace and Reconciliation Agreement between the Awlad Suleiman and Tebu was signed in Rome on 29th March 2017, in the presence of Abdulsalam Kajman, Vice President of the Presidential Council of Libya.
The agreement was signed by Sheikh Zilawi Minah Salah, Sultan of the Tebu of Libya and by General Senoussi Oumar Massaoud, President of the Council of Notables of the Awlad Suleiman, in the presence of a high ranking delegation of the Tuareg.
Negotiations between the Tebu and the Awlad Suleiman were organised and facilitated by the Ara Pacis Initiative, an international not for profit organization based in Rome, dedicated to supporting the human dimensions of peace.
The initiative was supported by the Italian government through the Ministry of Interior and the European Union. The negotiations were held under the auspices of the Libyan Presidential Council.
The two tribes have now completed the collection of data regarding the damage to people and property which occurred during the conflict and presented the documentation regarding compensations.
President Al Serraj was very pleased and welcomed the two tribal commissions and blessed the path they had taken to resolve their conflict.
The Presidential Council is ready to implement all the points of the agreement between the two tribes, and is convinced that the people of South Libya have the right to have a concrete response to their aspirations.
The Presidents of the two commissions thanked President Al Serraj for his support for the reconciliation, development and security of the south of Libya.
The leaders of the commissions commended the Libyan President and declared their support for the statement he made last Saturday announcing elections for next March.
They pointed out that this is the right way to lead Libya out of crisis and restore stability in the country.
Rome – 29 March 2017. The tribes of the Libyan South – the Awlad Suleiman and the Tebu – in the presence of the Tuareg leadership sign their reconciliation agreement in Rome, Torretta dei Massimi, home of Ara Pacis Initiative.