The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), has urged all Libyan parties to refrain from violence and actions that may undermine the north African country’s peace.
“Following recent armed clashes in Tripoli that resulted in civilian casualties and widespread damage to civilian facilities, UNSMIL underlines the importance of avoiding any actions or statements that undermine the fragile calm,’’ UNSMIL said in a statement.
UNSMIL called on the Libyan parties to resolve disputes through dialogue and reiterated that the current political impasse could only be resolved through inclusive national elections.
The mission reminded all the parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, including detention centres.
On Friday, violent clashes broke out in Tripoli between armed groups loyal to Tripoli-based Government of National Unity and those the government appointed by the eastern-based House of Representatives, the parliament, which want to seize control of Tripoli.
The House of Representatives had in March approved a new government headed by former Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha.
However, the Tripoli-based Prime Minister Abdul-Hamed Dbeibah refuses to hand over power, saying his government would continue working and only hand over office to an elected government.
Libya has been suffering political instability and chaos ever since late leader Muammar Gaddafi’s fall in 2011.
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) expresses its grave concern over the armed clashes that occurred yesterday, May 15, with indiscriminate fire and the alleged use of heavy weapons, in the Janzour area, a densely populated neighborhood in Tripoli. . The current mobilization of forces affiliated with different armed groups creates tensions and increases the risk of clashes that could lead to armed conflict.
Such incidents again highlight the urgent need to address the proliferation and use of weapons outside of state control. The Mission urges all Libyan actors to remain calm on the ground at this critical time in the country.
The Mission also calls on all parties to exercise maximum restraint and use dialogue to resolve contentious issues. UNSMIL reminds all parties of their obligations to ensure the protection of civilians, civilian infrastructure and public peace.
We reiterate UNSMIL's call for disagreements on emerging political or military issues to be resolved without resorting to violence.LONDON, UK, December 24, 2021 / APO Group / -
France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States of America welcome the statement of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General (SASG) on Libya, Stephanie Williams, on December 23 and commend the work of the SASG to engage in broad consultations throughout Libya. during the last ten days. We express our strong support for the ongoing efforts of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to advance a Libyan-led and Libyan-owned process towards free, fair and inclusive elections.
We take note of the statement of the High National Electoral Commission (HNEC) of December 22 on the postponement of the voting scheduled for December 24 and its proposal for a new anticipated date for holding those elections. We call on the relevant Libyan authorities to respect the aspirations of the Libyan people for speedy elections by quickly determining a final date for the elections and publishing the final list of presidential candidates without delay.
We commend the technical and logistical preparation already carried out by HNEC for the holding of elections as stipulated in the roadmap of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum and supported by United Nations Security Council resolution 2570 (2021), as well as the conclusions of the second Berlin conference on June 23, 2021 and during the Paris International Conference for Libya on November 12, 2021. We recall that free, fair and credible elections will allow the Libyan people to elect a unified and representative government, and They will strengthen the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and national unity of Libya. It is important that momentum is maintained towards these goals.
In accordance with the declaration of Paris, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States of America recall their understanding that the transfer of power from the current interim executive authority to the new executive authority will take place after the announcement of the results of such early and rapid parliamentary and presidential elections. To avoid conflicts of interest and promote a level playing field, candidates holding positions in public institutions should also continue to leave them until the election results are announced.
We reiterate UNSMIL's call for disagreements on emerging political or military issues to be resolved without resorting to violence. We are ready to hold those who threaten stability or undermine the political and electoral process in Libya, through violence or incitement to violence, to account. We affirm that persons or entities, inside or outside Libya, that obstruct, undermine, manipulate or falsify the electoral process and the political transition will be responsible and may be appointed by the United Nations sanctions committee in accordance with resolution 2571 of the United Nations Security Council. to respect the political process facilitated by the UN, led by Libya and assumed by themselves, and to urge all other international actors to do the same.
The Mission calls on all Libyan actors to exercise restraint at this delicate moment and to work together to create a political and security atmosphere.TRIPOLI, Libya, December 21, 2021 / APO Group / -
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) is concerned about the unfolding security situation in Tripoli. The current mobilization of forces affiliated with different groups creates tensions and increases the risk of confrontations that could turn into conflicts. Any disagreement on emerging political or military issues must be resolved through dialogue, particularly at this stage when the country is going through a difficult and complex electoral process that must usher in a peaceful transition.
The events in Tripoli do not bode well for the ongoing efforts to maintain stability and establish political and security conditions conducive to peaceful, credible, inclusive, free and fair elections. They could also undermine the security gains Libya has made so far, giving high-level officials from around the world confidence to come to Tripoli to participate in the successful Libya Stabilization Conference in October.
The Mission calls on all Libyan actors to exercise restraint at this delicate time and to work together to create a political and security atmosphere that preserves Libya's progress and allows for peaceful elections and a successful transition. The Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for Libya, Ms Stephanie Williams, is currently engaging Libyan stakeholders to facilitate the achievement of this goal.
Previously, she served as Senior Adviser on Syria, based in London, and reported to the State Department's Office of Near Eastern Affairs (2017-2018).NEW YORK, United States of America, December 6, 2021 / APO Group / -
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Stephanie Williams of the United States as his Special Adviser for Libya. It will lead the good offices and mediation efforts and engagements with Libya's regional and international stakeholders to pursue the implementation of the three tracks of intra-Libyan dialogue - political, security and economic - and will support the holding of presidential and parliamentary elections. in Libya.
Ms. Williams has extensive experience in foreign security policy and diplomacy, both internationally and in her own country. She previously served as Acting Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) (2020-2021), and as Deputy Special Representative (Politics) of UNSMIL (2018-2020). A member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, Ms. Williams assumed her duties as Acting Chargé d'Affaires for the Libyan Foreign Office (Tunisia) in 2018.
She previously served as Senior Adviser on Syria, based in London, and reported to the State Department's Office of Near Eastern Affairs (2017-2018). She also served as Deputy Chief of Mission in the United States Mission in Iraq (2016-2017), in Jordan (2013-2015) and in Bahrain (2010-2013) and served in the United States Embassies in the United Arab Emirates. , Kuwait and Pakistan. . In Washington, she served as Officer of the Jordan Office, Deputy Director of Egypt and Levant Affairs and Director of the Maghreb Office.
He graduated with honors from the University of Maryland in 1987 with a dual degree in Economics and Government Relations. In 1989, he obtained a Master's Degree in Arabic Studies from the Center for Contemporary Arabic Studies at Georgetown University. She is a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College, where she earned a Master of National Security Studies in 2008. She is fluent in English and Arabic.
Attempts to prevent Libyans from exercising this democratic right must be condemnedTRIPOLI, Libya, December 2, 2021 / APO Group / -
The special envoy of the UN Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Jan Kubis, met yesterday in Tripoli with the president of the High National Electoral Commission of Libya (HNEC), Dr. Imad al-Sayeh. The Special Envoy was briefed on the progress made so far by the HNEC in preparing for the holding of parliamentary and presidential elections on December 24, 2021. He commended the extraordinary efforts of the HNEC to implement the election, despite the challenges technicians in a short period of time and in the middle of a strongly polarized situation. political climate.
“The high number of registered presidential and parliamentary candidates, as well as - more than 2.4 million voters who collected their cards - shows, without a doubt, that the Libyan people, across the country, yearn for the opportunity to elect their representatives and renew the democratic legitimacy of their institutions, ”said the Special Envoy. "Attempts to prevent Libyans from exercising this democratic right must be condemned and measures against those who obstruct the political process, elections must be held in accordance with current Libyan laws and relevant Security Council resolutions," he added.
The meeting also addressed the needs and challenges facing the implementation of the electoral process, including election-related violence and acts of threats and intimidation against judicial officials and candidates. The Special Envoy took the opportunity to express his full support for the work of the judiciary during the challenges and appeals process and his expectation that the judiciary will act professionally, will diligently comply with the law and will not yield to pressure or intimidation when working as free form. fair and inclusive elections. It renewed the firm commitment of the UN and its international partners to support the HNEC and the relevant authorities to carry out free, fair, inclusive and credible elections, with the full, equal and meaningful participation of women and the inclusion of young people. , in an environment free from threats and intimidation.
Special Envoy Kubis echoed the calls of the recent UN Security Council presidential statement and the Paris Declaration to all interested parties and candidates to honor their commitments to hold elections on December 24, 2021, to commit publicly to respect the rights of their political opponents before, during and after the elections and to accept the results of the elections. He stressed that, in accordance with the relevant Security Council resolutions, individuals or entities that threaten the peace, stability or security of Libya or obstruct or undermine the successful completion of its political process, including by obstructing or undermining the elections , can be designated for security Council sanctions.
UNSMIL reiterates its appeals to the relevant parties and authorities to take all possible measures to facilitate the work of the judicial system with full respect for its independence.TRIPOLI, Libya, November 30, 2021 / APO Group / -
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) follows with great concern the continued closure of the Sebha Court of Appeal, in addition to the reported threats against the judiciary. An armed group, allegedly affiliated with the forces controlling Sebha, has reportedly once again violently obstructed the work of the Sebha Court of Appeal. Reports also indicate that judges were physically prevented from carrying out their legally entrusted functions, which directly impeded the electoral process.
UNSMIL is also alarmed by increasing reports of intimidation and threats against judges and judicial employees, particularly those dealing with election-related complaints, as well as candidates, in various locations in Libya. UNSMIL strongly condemns all acts designed to jeopardize the integrity of the electoral process and prevent Libyans from exercising their democratic rights in conditions of safety and dignity.
The Mission reminds all parties involved in the obstruction of the judicial system that they are subject to criminal responsibility under Libyan law (code of criminal procedure and Law No. 1 of 2021 on presidential elections) and may be subject to sanctions in accordance with relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council. .
UNSMIL reiterates its appeals to the relevant parties and authorities to take all possible measures to facilitate the work of the judicial system with full respect for its independence. Urges all relevant security authorities to ensure equal access to due process for all candidates and to ensure the safety of judges and judicial employees.
The mission reiterated its commitment to hold parliamentary and presidential elections, according to the roadmap of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum and as established in UN Security Council resolution 2570 (2021). It requests the authorities and institutions to take all necessary measures to ensure the holding of both elections as a free, fair, inclusive and credible process, without intimidation or obstruction of security conditions. The Mission warns against any action that could deprive Libyans of their right to democratically elect their representatives and undermine the holding of free, fair, inclusive, credible and transparent elections.
This responds to the overwhelming demand of the Libyan people and furthermore creates a positive dynamic in light of the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections.TRIPOLI, Libya, November 4, 2021 / APO Group / -
The 5 + 5 Joint Military Commission (JMC) concluded a three-day meeting in Cairo on November 1, during which they agreed with representatives of Chad, Niger and Sudan on the establishment an effective communication and coordination mechanism to support the implementation of the JMC action. Plan the departure of mercenaries, foreign fighters and foreign forces from Libyan territories as a gradual, balanced, synchronized and sequenced process. The mechanism will make it possible to take the first steps in the withdrawal process which will take fully into account the needs and concerns of Libya and its neighbors.
Based on the JMC action plan for the departure of mercenaries, foreign fighters and foreign forces from Libyan territories, signed in Geneva on October 08, which was approved by the Libyan authorities, the mechanism envisages the implementation place of communication and coordination committees in Libya. and neighboring countries who will be responsible for communicating and coordinating the withdrawal of mercenaries and foreign fighters as well as holding meetings during the implementation process between the JMC and the Libyan authorities and representatives of the neighboring countries of Chad, Niger and Sudan. It underlines the important role of international parties, including international and regional organizations, in supporting this process. In each country, this mechanism will be established in coordination between their respective authorities. The JMC reaffirmed the importance of reaching out and coordinating with all neighboring countries to support the implementation of the action plan.
The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ján Kubiŝ, hails the continued efforts of the JMC describing the results of the meeting as "an important achievement for taking practical steps for the departure of all mercenaries and foreign fighters from these countries as the first step towards the full and speedy implementation of the ceasefire agreement of 23 October 2020, in accordance with resolution 2570 (2021) of the UNSC. "" I am honored to witness the progress made by Libya, Chad, Niger and Sudan, working in a spirit of common interest and partnership which will open the doors to stability and security. , sustainable development and cooperation in the region, ”added Mr. Kubiŝ. . “This responds to the overwhelming demand of the Libyan people and furthermore creates a positive dynamic in light of the upcoming presidential and legislative elections on December 24. Mr. Kubiŝ also congratulated the Arab Republic of Egypt for hosting and supporting this important meeting, which was requested by JMC 5 + 5 and facilitated by UNSMIL. This traditional role of Egypt contributed to the success of the meeting, as acknowledged by its participants.
The United Nations welcomes the patriotism and commitment of the JMC to work as one, encourages the JMC to take this opportunity to promote the full implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement, assisted by the United Nations through the deployment of the first group of ceasefire observers, which takes place on October 21. The Mission, on behalf of the UN, calls on Member States to support the JMC and Libyan authorities, as well as neighboring countries in implementing the departure of all mercenaries and foreign fighters in a manner that ensures stability from Libya and all neighboring countries. , and relies on continued cooperation and coordination with respective international and regional organizations, including its traditional partners, the African Union, the League of Arab States and the European Union.
ÙNSMIL calls on the Libyan parties to explore, without delay, ways to increase mutual trust and reach consensus for the next electionsTRIPOLI, Libya, October 31, 2021 / APO Group / -
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) is closely monitoring the ongoing efforts to finalize the legal framework for the Libyan national elections reviewed by the House of Representatives (HoR).
On the eve of the next session of the CoR, UNSMIL calls for the adoption of the necessary adjustments, including those proposed by the High National Commission for Elections (HNEC), to allow the holding of a free, fair parliamentary debate. , inclusive and credible. and presidential simultaneously on December 24, in accordance with the Libyan political roadmap and Security Council resolutions 2570 (2021) and 2571 (2021), and the conclusions of the second Berlin conference for Libya.
UNSMIL stresses that only an inclusive legal framework will pave the way for a credible and inclusive electoral process. Respect for the principle of simultaneous presidential and legislative elections on December 24, 2021 is necessary to preserve the integrity of the electoral process, strengthen its credibility and the right and aspirations of the Libyan people to democratically elect their representatives and leaders as well as the acceptance of election results.
UNSMIL recalls the obligations under relevant international conventions to which the Libyan state is a party, to protect the rights of citizens to participate in public affairs. In this regard, the Mission calls for the lifting of restrictions on participation in the elections to allow Libyans holding public office to have the possibility of suspending their functions as from the filing of their candidacy for the presidential elections, as proposed by the NHEC. .
The Mission also urges Libyan institutions to ensure the full, equal and meaningful participation of women and youth in elections and to put in place all the necessary arrangements to protect voters and candidates.
ÙNSMIL calls on the Libyan parties to explore, without delay, ways to increase mutual trust and build consensus for the next elections. In this regard, UNSMIL welcomes the willingness of the Presidency Council to bring together relevant Libyan actors to resolve contested aspects related to the electoral process, build consensus and increase confidence in the process, and stands ready to support this process. business. “UNSMIL continues to engage all relevant Libyan parties to facilitate efforts to put in place a framework for legislative and presidential elections that is in line with the Libyan political roadmap and Security Council resolutions, and has a broad acceptance of Libyan stakeholders, which is essential for successful elections, ”said Special Envoy Jan Kubis, echoing calls from Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Peacebuilding Rosemary DiCarlo to promote unity and consensus building for the electoral process among all political and institutional actors during his recent visit to Libya.
UNSMIL welcomes the efforts of the NHEC to advance technical preparations for the elections and urges it to accelerate these efforts once a legal framework addressing concerns related to the road map and relevant Security Council resolutions is in place. finalized.
UNSMIL reminds all stakeholders in Libya of the importance of respecting the date of the December 24 elections set by the LPDF roadmapTRIPOLI, Libya, October 11, 2021 / APO Group / -
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) received a statement entitled “Statement by Barqa Officials in the Government of National Unity”, released today following a meeting in Benghazi.
The Mission takes note of the problems set out in the declaration and calls on the Government of National Unity to resolve them without delay. The Mission calls on all parties in Libya to engage in direct and constructive dialogue to resolve any concerns that arise and to continue to adhere to the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) road map.
UNSMIL urges all parties to avoid escalation and to refrain from any action that could threaten the unity of the country and its institutions and the well-being of the Libyan people; constitute a threat to national or international peace and security; and could directly or indirectly obstruct the holding of elections on December 24, 2021. The Mission recalls the respective resolutions of the UN Security Council which envisage possible measures against individuals or entities which hinder the success of the political transition in Libya.
UNSMIL urges the parties in Libya to work together in a spirit of compromise, mutual acceptance and fairness, with the aim of addressing grievances and concerns through negotiation while bringing unity and stability to the country and the interests of the Libyan people come first.
UNSMIL reminds all relevant actors in Libya of the importance of respecting the date of the December 24 elections set by the LPDF roadmap and approved by the United Nations Security Council in its resolution 2570 (2021), in order to to realize the aspiration of the Libyan people to elect their democratically, thus creating new institutions and authorities endowed with a strong popular mandate and legitimacy. The current status quo is not only unsustainable, but leads to instability and division.