The Address | Benghazi – Libya
LONDON – The independent French negotiator in Libya, Jean-Yves Oliveir, told the The Times that Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi is preparing to run in the Libyan presidential elections next time.
Olivier told the newspaper that Saif al-Islam knew he was the only one capable of uniting Libya and would probably take the presidency in the next election.
The newspaper pointed out that Saif al-Islam was free after seven years of war in Libya, stressing that he is still a powerful and effective component in the future of Libya.
The French negotiator stressed , at the Center of Efforts for Peace in Libya, that Saif al-Islam is the symbol of real reconciliation in Libya.
He explained that he is not talking about politics and its nature here, referring to the many messages passed on to him, that Saif Al-Islam is with holding the elections, and he is convinced to contest and sure to win.
He added, “I know the fact that if Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi is nominated, there will be two million supporters of Gaddafi behind him, so the biggest surprise will be his victory in the Libyan presidential elections.”
The Times said that the clear moves of Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi’s nomination raise questions about the position of Western powers, especially France and Britain, knowing that he is still wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity, murder and persecution, according to the newspaper.
The Times pointed out that there are behind-the-scenes efforts to gather the Libyan factions at one table, but the essence was to reintegrate the “loyalists of Gaddafi” in the political arena, which means the return of Saif Al-Islam strongly to unite these scattered factions.
It explained that amid the mediation efforts, the idea prevails that it will not be possible to establish a lasting peace without the reintegration of “supporters of Gaddafi” in the political scene. It is believed that among Libya’s 6.2 million people, as many as 500,000 live in exile, and another 1.5 million are internally displaced.
“You can add to the Libyan factions, especially the faction that has a nostalgia for the Gaddafi era, who say that when Gaddafi was in power, the country was safe,” said Olivier, 73.
He added, “You can not ignore these people, their voice should be heard strongly, because they will be the first supporters of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi.”
Olivier, who met Gaddafi for the first time in 1969 and has long-standing diplomatic and trade ties with Libya, said: “Peace is the most courageous work that a man can do.”