28 June 2022

UN Official: It Is High Time to Agree on Outstanding Issues, Make Elections Happen in Libya

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New York, June 28 (QNA) - UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary Dicarlo stressed that Libya has made significant progress in the last few years toward a more inclusive society.
For the sake of the Libyan people, we should not allow this progress to dissipate, she said.
This came during Security Council meeting on Libya, during which Dicarlo said that the United Nations' priority in Libya remains to facilitate a return to the electoral process, based on a sound and consensual constitutional basis for elections.
On the political front, she said "I am pleased to report that, since the last briefing to the Council on 20 June, there has been some progress on the constitutional track," adding "The third and final round of consultations of the House of Representatives (HoR) and the High State Council (HSC) regarding a constitutional basis for elections was held in Cairo from 12 to 20 June." The delegates reached a broad consensus on most of the contentious articles in the 2017 Constitutional Proposal, she said, pointing out that however, differences remain on measures governing the transitional period leading to the elections.
"Nevertheless, the progress achieved is commendable. The meeting was the first time the House of Representatives and the High State Council engaged in a serious review of the Constitutional Proposal since its adoption in 2017," she noted.
The leaders of both Chambers have accepted the invitation of Special Adviser Stephanie Williams to meet in Geneva from 28 to 29 June to discuss and reach agreement on measures governing the transitional period leading to elections, Dicarlo said.
She pointed out that the House of Representatives was elected in 2014 for a four-year term, and the High State Council, which is the legacy body of the General National Congress, was elected nearly ten years ago in 2012.
"I encourage this Council and all of Libya's international partners to call on the leadership of the two Chambers to seize the opportunity presented by the agreement reached in Cairo. It is high time to agree on outstanding issues and make the elections happen," she underlined.
She also stressed the UN's commitment to supporting Libyan national reconciliation efforts, and working closely with partners, including the African Union.
"In this regard, we welcome the launch, on 23 June, of the Presidency Council's Strategic Vision for National Reconciliation," Dicarlo added.
The document focuses on addressing the root causes of conflict. At the same time, the United Nations reiterates the need for a reconciliation process that is inclusive, victim-centred, rights-based, and grounded in the principles of transitional justice, with a focus on truth, accountability and reparations.
She warned that continued political divisions are contributing to a tense security environment in and around Tripoli, pointing out that the issue of the executive is yet to be resolved.
Dicarlo called again on all Libyan political and security actors to exercise maximum restraint and address all disputes through dialogue.
UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs expressed hope the upcoming meeting in Geneva between the heads of the House of Representative and High State Council will result in a final agreement that would lead to elections at the earliest possible date. (QNA)

Keywords

General, International, United Nations, Elections, Libya, society
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