UN envoy to Libya to convene key actors to resolve controversies ahead of elections

The Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Abdoulaye Bathily, issued a statement on Tuesday saying that he had informed the Security Council of his intention to convene key Libyan institutions and stakeholders, or their trusted representatives, to reach, through inclusive negotiations and compromise, a final settlement on the most contentious issues.

According to the statement, Bathily said that in the coming weeks, he would intensify his engagement with the main Libyan institutions as well as political and security leaders to pave the way for those negotiations.

The Head of UNSMIL said he counted on the cooperation of all relevant Libyan institutions and actors as he would work with them to find the necessary compromises needed to resolve the politically contested issues and achieve a political settlement that could provide a pathway to successful elections.

Bathily also called on the House of Representatives (HoR) and High council of State (HSC) to cooperate with the High National Elections Commission (HNEC) in addressing the identified legal loopholes and technical shortcomings and make the necessary technical amendments to the 6+6 committee’s draft laws to render them implementable.

“It is imperative that all Libyan stakeholders draw lessons from the pitfalls and mistakes of 2021 and 2022, and refrain from any actions, including unilateral or non-inclusive decisions, that could precipitate a crisis and divert attention from our common goal of enabling successful elections in keeping with the wishes of the Libyan people.” Bathily remarked.


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