Book Signing: "Rugged Paths .. Two Years in Libya and for Libya"

The Libyan Organization Of Policies & Strategies "LOOPS" had organized a signing ceremony of the new book of Dr. Tareq Mitri, the former UN official representative in Libya titled   "Rugged Paths  .. Two Years in Libya and for Libya".

 The signing ceremony took place after the participation of Dr. Mitri in a symposium titled “the Revolution of 17 February after 5 Years: Achievements and Failures” which was organized by LOOPS in partnership with Arraed Broadcasting Network and Media Sat Company.

Dr. Mitri discussed in this symposium the role of the United Nations in Libya and the horizons of the political solution for the future of the political agreement and the location of the revolution of February in this Agreement.

In a related context, Dr. Mitri expressed his admiration for the work of LOOPS team and their interest in public policy in Libya rather than practicing politics.

Dr. Mitri indicates his book that even though it serves as a diary, but it does not stop at the narrative boundaries, but confirms the perspective of the UN mission assigned to the hopes of the Libyan reality after the revolution of 2011, and tried to explain the hardship of democratic transformation in Libya, and attributed this deadlock to the early struggle for power and booty.

The book conveys the disappointment of the Libyans about illusions spread by a number of politicians, and he blames in his book some of the Libyan elites in the responsibility for the relapse in Libya to further disintegration and chaos, in the same context, he did not rule out the great effect of the Gaddafi's regime of devastation and violence in institutions and souls. He also cited a number of failures committed the international community in dealing with the Libyan crisis.


The book "Rugged Paths  ...Two Years in Libya and for Libya" is a distinctive historical effort for events witnessed in all regions of Libya and components. The book is also based on a clear understanding of the motives of the splits between Libyans.

Events and Details:

The book covered most prominent events and crises that engulfed Libya during the stage of Dr. Mitri as UN official representative. Starting from the crisis in Bani Walid after Resolution No. 7 of the National Congress was issued, which clearly explained the UN position that refuses the military solutions. He indicated the information and details that accompanied to the issuance of political isolation law, as his book explained the consequences that followed the passage of the law. He also talked about the details of his recent initiative to bring peace in Libya as alternative to war and division which was rejected by the political parties. The book gives more details about his initiative and how it was aborted.

Foreign interventions and the widening of the conflict:

The book conveys important details in the course of the Libyan crisis, which the media did not respond to, or it did not get enough attention.

 The book also talked about the details of the meetings with international parties which took place over a Libyan involvement in the swamp of international interventions.  He pointed out the Libyan parties request of foreign intervention and to insist that the Security Council should have a military move toward the situations in Libya.

The Locked Road:

The book presented under this title, the details of the last moments of Dr. Tarek Metri and UN mission to in Libya. The tone of sorrow and regret in the style of writing the last part of his memoirs can be clearly noticed. Also his condemnation of the slowdown of the international community in assisting Libyans can be observed.

The book "Rugged Paths  ...Two Years in Libya and for Libya” summarized a period of time in the course of Dr. Tarek Metri’s professional career. It also documented the decisive stage of the life of Libya, whose effects will not stop at the end of Dr. Mitri’s contract which he refused to renew it.  And in the same context, he did not hide in many places in the book his regret and disturbance to what is happening in Libya, and he was biased to the Libyans affected by the political division and the frustrated dreamers of what is going on in Libya.