United Nations envoy Abdullah Bathily and Deputy President of the Presidential Council, Abdullah Al-Lafi, have agreed on the urgent need to put in place the final legal framework for elections, as well as address contentious issues through a comprehensive dialogue.
In a post on his social media account, Bathily added that the dialogue would enable the country to move forward towards elections and restore legitimacy to the people and institutions. The UNSMIL chief renewed his confirmation of the responsibility of Libyan leaders to participate with determination in the national reconciliation process, confirming the readiness of the United Nations to support the efforts of the Presidential Council in particular.
As he urged leaders throughout the country to avoid using violence against citizens anywhere in Libya, Bathily expressed his concern about increasing violations of citizens’ rights. He also called on political and security leaders to adopt a spirit of national reconciliation and work to protect the Libyan people, who aspire to peace and security according to commitments made at meetings in Tunis, Tripoli and Benghazi. On the security situation for fair elections, Bathily discussed with the Libyan Interior Ministry, the importance of involving security institutions and military leaders in working to establish security and secure elections.
Bathily stressed the role of the Central Bank in supporting financial integrity, ensuring funding priorities to provide necessary services to all Libyans and all social groups. During a meeting with Governor Al-Sadiq Al-Kabir, Bathily welcomed the progress made in reunifying Libya’s Central Bank. They discussed the latest economic developments, as well as the work of the High Financial Committee.
The UN envoy also emphasized the need to ensure fair distribution of wealth and meet the needs of all marginalized segments of society.