Skip to Content

Stephanie Williams, at the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum in late 2020. Photo credit: UNSMIL

Libya: Stephanie Williams’ failed ambitions

The Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF), which began in Tunisia on November 9, has been going on for a week. Since then, the initiative by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and its effective head, an American diplomat Stephanie Williams has generated much media discussion.

Published: November 16, 2020, 4:15 pm

    Read more


    Some 75 delegates from Libya’s three historic regions were expected to adopt a road map for a final political settlement, including agreements on a constitution, the establishment of a Presidential Council and government, and parliamentary elections. However, this initiative has not led to any solid results.

    For example, a source of Libya24 in the LPDF Dialogue Committee in Tunisia confirmed that on Sunday, November 15 – the last day of the Libyan dialogue – no agreement had been reached on the names of the candidates for the posts of the heads of the Presidential Council and government. He added that the second round of the dialogue could take place on December 15.

    The forum has been mired in disagreements and disputes and almost threatened with disruption, other media sources reported. In particular, political scientist Muhammad al-Amami told Erem News that the delegation from the east of the country threatened to halt negotiations. They had opposed the candidacy of Aguila Saleh, head of the Libyan House of Representatives, to the post of head of the new Presidential Council.

    The media also reported on attempts to bribe delegates to the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum. The complete lack of transparency in the work of the LPDF, scandalous reports of bribery and attempts on the part of UNSMIL to support radical Islamists like Fathi Bashagha, head of the Interior Ministry of the Government of National Accord (an unacceptable candidate for at least half of Libya and at the same time loyal to Williams personally as well as the US) suggest that the forum had been hastily convened.

    Its organizers were in a great hurry to demonstrate a diplomatic breakthrough at any cost and (for the time being) they have failed.

    At the same time, the organizers will certainly try to somehow sneak through their stillborn initiative to secure their positions, judging by Williams’ mad activity. Why would they do that?

    There may be several versions. The first one is Ms. Williams’ personal ambitions. During her tenure as Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Libya, she has been unable to achieve significant results. As a result, she hastily organized a forum and used the UN apparatus to gain personal glory.

    The second version, related to the first, is the desire to demonstrate the effectiveness of the American diplomat in the UN. At the same time, using UN mechanisms, she tried to impose an pro-American government on Libya. And although, judging by the disagreements at the forum and the Libyans’ distrust of it, such a government will not be accepted in Libya, the US and Williams do not view such a concern to be of any importance.

    Finally, the third version: UNSMIL and Williams are trying to hijack the Libyan peace process, prevent new people from coming to power in Libya, especially those who have not participated in all previous agreements between the UN and the GNA.

    If new people are allowed to hold power, not only will they be able to start changing the existing system, but will also have access to a huge amount of information and documents that could confirm the corruption in the top echelons of the GNA, their ties to UN bureaucrats and all the various schemes to steal money from the Libyan people.

    It is possible that all three factors mentioned above may have contributed to turning The Libyan Political Dialogue Forum into a sham. It is obvious that UNSMIL and Stephanie Williams will nevertheless try to announce major successes during the LPDF. However, if they are attempting to realize their personal ambitions at the expense of the Libyan people, that may lead to a complete loss of confidence in the UN and UNSMIL.

    Consider donating to support our work

    Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.


    South Africa’s infrastructure 30 years after the end of Apartheid

    LondonHating South Africa was part of growing up in North London in the 1980s. Pelle Taylor and Patrick Remington from Two Raven Films, recently interviewed South Africans about the decline of the country after Apartheid ended.

    Nigerian President: More weapons for Ukraine end up in Africa

    LagosSome time ago, FWM reported on arms deliveries to Ukraine, which shortly afterwards were resold on the Internet. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that "weapons used in the war in Ukraine are gradually leaking into the region" and called for strengthened border security.

    Namibia sees opportunity to attract German energy refugees

    Windhoek"The former German colony, Namibia wants to help Germany in its energy crisis". This is how an article in the online edition of a German newspaper recently began about Namibia's new "Digital Nomad" visa. The six-month visa is ideal for long-term holidaymakers. And for professionals who have their office on their laptop and can work from anywhere.

    Uneven global population growth reaches 8 billion

    According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), we celebrated the 8 billionth day* on November 15. The planet's population is still increasing dramatically, albeit at a decreasing pace.

    French fuel debacle spills over to Senegal

    DakarThe recent events at the French embassy in Burkina Faso were yet another demonstration against France on the African continent after France was ousted from Mali. All it took was a rumour to attract the sympathy of the population and demonstrators to head to the French Embassy.

    New South African drone to compete with Turkey’s Bayraktar

    PretoriaThe South African defense company Milkor unveiled its Milkor 380 reconnaissance and attack unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). It is expected to become a competitor to Turkey's Bayraktar and Anka drones.

    Bucking the trend: Uganda bans work by LGBT group

    KampalaThe Ugandan government has banned the activities of a local non-governmental organization that campaigns for the rights of sexual minorities. According to a senior official, the organization worked illegally in the African country.

    South Africa: 82 suspects arrested after a mass rape

    KrugersdorpDozens of black men ambushed a film crew at an abandoned mine near Johannesburg on Friday. They raped eight models between the ages of 19 and 35. As they fled, the police shot dead two suspects and 82 other people were arrested.

    BRICS expansion on the cards

    More and more emerging countries are considering joining the BRICS group, which is seen as the major emerging countries' counterweight to the US-led West and the G7. Especially in times like these, this is also a clear signal to Washington.

    Poland opens border after South Africa complains about their treatment of blacks

    PretoriaThere is a very diverse crowd on the German-Polish border currently trying to take advantage of the war situation. Do they really all come from Ukraine?

    Go to archive