Norland: Presence of two governments in Libya hampers rebuilding efforts in Derna

The Special Envoy of the United States (US) to Libya, Richard Norland, has indicated that reconstruction efforts in Derna amid the presence of two governments in the country are inefficient, reiterating that the rebuilding process will be more viable if there is one single government in Libya.

Norland added that the United Nations Development Program and the World Bank would be ready to provide support for the rebuilding of the fllo-ravaged areas in Libya, stressing that the disaster in Derna garnered more attention by Washington to Libya.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Norland said it was about time Libyan leaders met without exclusion or elimination of any party to discuss the formation of a government of technocrats to lead Libya to elections.

The US Special Envoy also reiterated his call on the United Nations’ (UN) envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, to invite all Libyan leaders and their representatives for meetings that would bring about the formation of the unified government of technocrats.

He indicated that Libyan leaders who met with the Russians, referring to Haftar who had visited Moscow and met with President Putin, should discuss the reasons of the continued presence of the Wagner Group in Libya.

Norland, said in a statement reported by the US embassy late last September, that Libyans affected by the floods were struggling to rebuild their lives even as they coped with unimaginable personal loss.

“As focus on reconstruction increases, Libyans need to be assured public funds are used transparently, accountably, and that assistance goes to those in need. The international community is preparing to assist in this effort with financial and technical expertise.” Norland said.

He indicated that there would be necessary steps to take, saying that first, Libyans must establish the structures that would bring authorities from across the country together to agree on priority expenditures and ensure funds were efficiently and properly allocated.


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