Tripoli, 6 May 2016:
Abdulrahman Sewehli, the head of Libya’s controversial State Council, has promised to improve living conditions . . .[restrict]and security for Tawerghan refugees in camps across Libya.
The Misratan politician was speaking yesterday at one of the biggest camps, in Tripoli’s Falah district.
The camp, where conditions have been described as squalid by humanitarian agencies, has been subject to numerous attacks over the past four years in which several Tawerghans have either been killed or taken away, and almost always by Misratan forces.
Sewehli promised that the State Council would do its utmost for the Tawerghans until they could return home.
The prospect of that appears as distant as the first time when the Tawerghans were expelled from their home town by Misratan forces at the end of the revolution in 2011 for having actively supported Qaddafi forces during the conflict.
Nonetheless, moves to resolve the Tawerghans’ misery continued this past week with talks between Presidency Council leader Faiez Serraj and the head of the exiled Tawergha, mainly based in Falah.
Separately, the joint Misrata-Tawergha Dialogue Committee met just over a week ago in Tunis to discuss the latest ideas on Tawerghans returning to their town. These included sufficient compensation to enable genuine refugees to return home, confidence-building measures between both parties and the ides that the Tawergha issue should be settled within three months. [/restrict]