US, Western countries reiterate call for unified mechanism for rebuilding Derna

A joint statement by the heads of missions of the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy, said that they strongly supported the the call of the United Nations envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, for a unified Libyan national mechanism coordinated with local, national and international partners that can deliver transparent and accountable relief and responds to the reconstruction needs in the wake of the flood disaster.

Bathily has voiced concern about the emergence of unilateral and competing initiatives from various Libyan actors and institutions on the reconstruction of Derna and other flood-affected areas. 

In a statement issued by the UNSMIL on Monday, Bathily said the unilateral efforts were counterproductive, deepened the existing divisions in the country, impeded reconstruction efforts, and would be at odds with the outpouring of solidarity, support and national unity shown by Libyan people from all corners of the country in response to the crisis.  

UNSMIL also said that there was a need for a unified national mechanism to effectively and efficiently take forward the reconstruction efforts in the flood-affected areas.


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