The restoration of a Constitutional Monarchy in Libya could bring stability to the region


Muammar Gadaffi overthrew the Constitutional Monarchy in Libya  a military coup in 1969 and I have no doubt that King Idriss successor, his great nephew Crown Prince Mohammed Al- Senussi who resides in London could play a  vital role in bringing the Libyan warring factions to reach a peace agreement.

The restoration of the Constitutional Monarchy could undoubtedly be used as a unifying force and I am surprised that the UN has not invited Prince Mohammed to their brokered  peace  talks  to end the eight month civil war being held in Geneva since Thursday.

The restored King could arbitrate the peace talks between the Islamist-leaning Libya Dawn forces now controlling the capital and the internationally recognised government temporarily quartered in the eastern city of Tubruq.

UN special envoy Bernardino León has been struggling for months to bring together the two warring sides of the conflict that has left hundreds dead, prompted a wave of refugees and drastically lowered the oil-rich country’s hydrocarbon output. So how is it that he has not invited the Crown Prince as  Libya is falling really very deeply in chaos?

Mr León said in a press conference ahead of the meeting that it is not only the political chaos with the competing institutions, competing governments, competing chairmen of public companies but there is military and security chaos, more fighting everywhere in the country. As the aim of the talks is to end the fighting and agree proposals to form a new transitional government it would only be logical that as the revolution that overthrew Gaddafi has adopted the Royal flag and the Royal National Anthem for post revolutionary Libya, the heir to the Crown would be invited to play an active part in the future of the country and invited to participate as a key figure of these peace talks.

Since its longtime ruler, Muammer al-Gaddafi, was toppled in a 2011 by a NATO backed armed uprising, Libya has been spiraling deeper into chaos. A wave of assassinations by presumed Islamist militants targeting the uniformed security forces gave rise to Khalifa Haftar, a former general in the Lybian army, who last May launched an ongoing land and air war against Islamist militias and those rooted in the third-largest city of Misurata.

After losing parliamentary elections in June last year, the Misurata and Islamist-backed Libya Dawn militias seized control of the capital and declared their own government, and began fighting Gen Haftar’s so-called Dignity forces in an effort to take territory. The internationally recognized government was forced to relocate to the eastern city of Tubruq.

The conflict has engulfed much of the north African nation’s densely populated northeast and northwest, and spread to the country’s desert south. Amid the chaos, jihadi groups, including affiliates of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the militant group known as Isis, have emerged in some parts of the country, alarming international security officials. This is a real danger for the peace of the region.

With oil prices near a six-year low, the country’s once robust economy is also in tatters, with the its Tripoli-based central bank governor, Saddek Omar El-Kaber, warning that the country’s reserves are rapidly draining.

Mr León, backed by the US, UK and EU, has been shuttling around the country to muster up support for the talks. Among those in attendance were “representatives” of the elected parliament, including the Dawn and Dignity camps, as well as members of civil society but the Crown Prince sadly is conspicuously  absent

The unfortunate thing is that several key players have flatly rejected the talks but would not the Crown Prince who as Constitutional King should the Crown be restored, be able to invite all warring factions to sit round a conference table to discuss the future of a progressive and modern Libya for the benefit of the nation?

Those factions not willing to accept the invitation of the Crown Prince would be seen as unpatriotic by all peace loving Libyans.

Libyans  cannot allow the extremist  groups  to exploit such talks to allow terrorism and extremism, especially those groups that attack Libyans’ livelihoods, and the state’s institutions, and its airports from Tripoli to oil ports.

Libyan political insiders described the assemblage as positive but were sceptical that the talks would result in a settlement of the conflict. It is my sincere opinion that Crown Prince Mohammed Al-Senussi should be a key player in a peaceful and democratic Libya.

Libya became the first North African country to become independent under King Idriss.  Justly so and to honour this fact, the Libyan government has decided to rehabilitate the late King  by a decree made public on March 4th, 2014  and the government of Ali Zeidan has restored the Libyan nationality to the deceased king and his family  and will return to the royal family all property confiscated by Muammar Gaddafi after his coup.

I trust that the Western forces that helped Libyans overthrow the dictatorial regime of Gadaffi  will have the vision that the  logical future of Libya could be the restoration of its Constitutional Monarchy ,should all sides agree that a King above politics will bring the much desired stability that the country needs and that all Libyans desire.

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Carlos Mundy

Carlos Mundy, the current Count of Mondaye ( a Norman title that dates back to the XI century!) , was born in Bilbao (Spain) but lived in London until the age of twelve, when he moved to Madrid (Spain) with his parents and brothers. He studied in Spain and went to University to study journalism. During those years he was already working as a freelance journalist for several Spanish magazines. AT the age of 19 he took off on a round the world tour for two years working as a model to make ends meet. On his return he founded a model agency in 1982 which he managed until 1996 and became the top agency in Spain with offices in Madrid and Barcelona. During those years he traveled the world extensively on scouting trips and he also continued working as a freelance journalist doing interviews to top fashion designers, heads of state and celebrities. He also wrote many travel pieces: his passion. In the year 2000 he founded Metaphore Magazine: Creative Culture, a must read in the Spanish publishing scene. The magazine was a monthly that lasted two years. In 2003 he published the Spanish version of The Rainbow Warrior, co- written with his sister Charis and that was published in the US in 2007. His next book, The Toucan Lodge was published simultaneously in the UK and the US in 2009 and its Spanish publication in 2010. The novel was re-released in the UK in 2011 under the title Gestapo Lodge. This was followed by the publication of the successful historical novel, "The Romanov Lost Icon and the Enigma of Anastasia" (Thames River Press) in 2013, co-written with historian Marie Stravlo. 2015 has seen the publication of an epic fantasy co-written again with his sister Charis, "The Twilight of the Fourth World," inspired by the teachings of His Holiness The Dalai Lama and the Hopi Indian prophecies. Before the end of the year his latest historical novel, "The Indian Kings of France: The fascinating story of the Bourbons of Bhopal" is expected to be published. Carlos is currently working on the production of Unforgettable, a tribute to the Legends of Hollywood which is scheduled to start shooting in Jodphur (India) in 2017 with a fabulous cast of legends. Carlos is a show jumper and when time permits, he continues to paint. He had two successful exhibits in the nineties. He is also a member of The Comite de APoyo al Tibet. The Spanish NGO, that has lobbied successfully to have the Spanish courts start criminal proceedings against Chinese Communist leaders for Crimes against Humanity committed in occupied Tibet. He was made a Knight of the Royal Order of the Principality of Hutt River in 2007, became a Knight of the Ecumenic Order of Malta in 2011 and received THE WOMEN TOGETHER AWARD at the United Nations for his philanthropic anonymous work with Tibet. He is currently Chancellor of Foreign Affairs of the Ecumenical Knights of Malta.

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