The UN and international partners have welcomed the significant progress towards advancing an inclusive and comprehensive political solution in Libya.
NEW YORK, United States, April 21, 2021, - / African Media Agency (AMA) / - Members of the Libyan Quartet, which groups the UN, the League of Arab States, the African Union and the European Union , met virtually on Tuesday to take stock of the situation in the country.
"After years of senseless violence and suffering, there is a window of opportunity in Libya," UN Secretary General António Guterres wrote on Twitter after the meeting. "We support the people of Libya and we are committed to working with them to help build a better future."
The UN has been supporting peace efforts in Libya, which descended into chaos and conflict following the ouster of President Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, causing the country to split between the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) and the rival Libyan National Army LNA).
Mediation facilitated by the UN led to a historic ceasefire agreement, signed last October by military representatives from each side, known as the 5 + 5 Joint Military Commission (JMC), paving the way for political dialogue and a sheet of route that includes elections in December.
Last month he swore in a new interim unity government.
The Quartet met a few days after the UN Security Council approved a resolution supporting the Secretary-General's proposal to support the follow-up mechanism for the implementation of the ceasefire. He asks that the teams of the UN mission in the country, UNSMIL, work together with the JMC monitors.
After their meeting, the Quartet members issued a joint statement in which they said they applauded the important results of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF), the adoption of the Roadmap for the Preparatory Phase of a Comprehensive Solution and the transfer flow from power to the new interim authority.
The Quartet also expressed its full support for efforts to implement the LPDF Roadmap and successfully complete Libya's democratic transition. They encouraged the unity government and other institutions to remain committed to appointing women to at least 30% of senior positions and promoting rights-based reconciliation throughout the country.
The partners also welcomed the commitment of the new leaders to hold the December 24 elections and discussed how they could support the process, including through the possible deployment of observation missions.
"They stressed the importance of holding these elections in a favorable political and security environment so that they are held in an inclusive, transparent and credible way and where all Libyans commit to respecting their results and integrity."
The statement called for redoubled efforts to fully implement the ceasefire agreement, underscoring the importance of the JMC continuing to develop plans "for a robust, credible and effective ceasefire monitoring mechanism."
"The Quartet condemned the continuing violations of the UN arms embargo and emphasized that any external military intervention in Libya is unacceptable," he said.
In this regard, they called for full compliance with the arms embargo and the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all foreign forces and mercenaries from the entire territory of Libya in accordance with the resolutions of the UN Security Council and in a manner that restores fully the sovereignty of Libya. and preserves its national unity, independence and territorial integrity ”.
The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ján Kubiš, sends his sincere congratulations to the Libyan people on the coming of the holy month of Ramadan.
“This year, Libyans celebrate Ramadan without fear of war and destruction, without the noise of guns. They can celebrate this holy month in peace and in the hope of overcoming their differences and working together to build a unified, sovereign, democratic country and It is a month of patience, of forgiveness, it is also a month of peace, stability and tolerance. I wish all Libyans a blessed and happy Ramadan and I hope that this occasion will be the occasion to finally achieve national reconciliation and transitional justice ”, declared the Special Envoy.
Special Envoy Kubiš welcomes recent initiatives to release civilian and non-civilian detainees by various parties in eastern and western Libya. He called on all parties to act in the spirit of this holy month and release all detainees, especially arbitrary detainees in a gesture of goodwill and to open a new chapter in Libyan history, in s 'building on the current popular momentum in the country.
“In this month of compassion and humanity, do not forget the suffering and misery of many displaced, imprisoned, detained and deprived Libyans, but also refugees, migrants and foreign detainees, who often barely survive in unbearable conditions. ”, Underlined the Special Envoy. .
The Special Envoy also reiterates his appeals to the Libyan authorities to work together to improve the provision of services to the Libyan people, unify national institutions and consolidate their efforts to meet the demand of the Libyans to hold national elections on December 24 this year. .
Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ján Kubiš today met the Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR), Mr. Agila Saleh in al- Qubba. President Saleh expressed the will of the House of Representatives to work to find the necessary constitutional and legal framework for the holding of elections on December 24, 2021. The Special Envoy commended President Saleh for his leadership, which is shown bringing together the CoR and resulted in the granting of the vote of confidence for the new unified government and renewed the commitment of the UN to provide all necessary support to HNEC and the relevant Libyan authorities to organize national elections December 24, 2021.
Yesterday, Special Envoy Ján Kubiš accompanied by Assistant Secretary General (ASG), Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya Georgette Gagnon, met the President of the Council of the High National Electoral Commission (HNEC), Dr Emad Al-Sayah in Tripoli. Dr Al-Sayeh briefed them on the ongoing technical and logistical preparations of the HNEC to implement the national elections.
They stressed the importance of reaching a constitutional and legal basis in a timely manner for the elections. Special Envoy Kubiš renewed the commitment of the United Nations and its international partners to continue supporting the HNEC, especially at this critical juncture in Libyan history, in order to meet the overwhelming demand of the Libyan people to hold national elections on December 24, 2021.
Also yesterday, Special Envoy Kubiš met with Judge Mohamed Al-Qamoudi Alhafi, head of the Supreme Judicial Council, as well as his deputies and members of the council. They discussed ways to strengthen cooperation between Libya and the UN to support the justice sector in the country. The Special Envoy expressed his admiration for the instrumental unifying role that the judiciary has played over the past period while preserving its independence and impartiality.
The Special Envoy congratulated the Minister of the Interior Khaled al Tijani Maazen on his appointment, during a meeting yesterday in Tripoli, during which they discussed the security situation in Libya; unification of institutions, the means to advance the implementation of the ceasefire agreement, including the opening of the coastal road and to support the efforts of the 5 + 5 Joint Military Commission. The meeting, which was attended by Georgette Gagnon, ASG / UN Resident / Humanitarian Coordinator, also addressed the unification of security institutions across the country, the protection of migrants, the security preparation for the holding of national elections and the support of the UN to the ministry. efforts, including training and capacity building.
Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ján Kubiš arrived in Tripoli yesterday to continue his commitments with the new interim government of national unity and various Libyan actors to accelerate the implementation of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) roadmap, including mobilizing the support and resources needed to organize the national elections on December 24, 2021.
The President of the Presidency Council (PC) Mr. Mohamed Almenfi and his deputies Mr. Abdullah El-Lafi and Mr. Musa Alkoni received yesterday Mr. Kubiš in Tripoli, accompanied by the Coordinator ASG / MANUL, Mr. Raisedon Zenenga and ASG / Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mrs. Georgette Gagnon. At the meeting, PC leaders reiterated their commitment to implement the LPDF roadmap, including by fostering a comprehensive national reconciliation process; unification of sovereign institutions; and above all to hold the elections on December 24, 2021.
The meeting with CP leaders focused on the need to accelerate the full implementation of the ceasefire agreement, including the withdrawal of foreign fighters and the unification of security institutions. The PC also reiterated the need for the House of Representatives (CoR) to speed up the process of appointing senior positions in sovereign institutions.
The Special Envoy congratulated the PC leaders on the official start of their work, welcoming their commitment to the LPDF roadmap. He affirmed the unified support of the UN and the international community to the Libyan people as well as to the new leaders so that they respect their commitments within the deadlines defined by the LPDF.
The Special Envoy also met the Prime Minister, Mr. Abdelhamid AlDabaiba. He congratulated the Prime Minister on the historic CoR vote of confidence and the smooth transfer of the government of national accord. The Special Envoy briefed the Prime Minister on the results of his visits to several European and regional capitals as well as his outreach activities to a number of high-level international and regional stakeholders. He assured the Prime Minister of the unanimous support of the international community for his government to meet the economic, humanitarian, security, human rights and development challenges in the country.
The Special Envoy and the Prime Minister agreed on the importance of prioritizing the needs of the population, including the response to COVID-19, and the provision of essential services. They stressed the urgent need to approve the national budget to ensure service delivery, allocate resources to local governance and hold national elections on December 24, 2021.
They also discussed various issues, including the necessary support of the United Nations to accelerate the full implementation of the ceasefire agreement and the unification of state institutions.
Earlier yesterday, the Special Envoy met with Foreign Minister Najla AlMangoush, who expressed her gratitude for the support of the United Nations and the international community for Libya during this critical time. She stressed the need for a more coordinated approach to address the root causes of the conflict in Libya in order to launch a comprehensive and realistic process of national reconciliation and restorative justice.
Mr. Kubiš reiterated the will of the United Nations to mobilize the necessary technical expertise to assist the new government in all areas in order to ensure an effective transition to stability and lasting peace.
The Special Envoy will organize a series of meetings with various Libyan stakeholders in the coming days.
Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ján Kubiš, welcomes the swearing-in of the Government of National Unity (GNU) today before the House representatives (HoR), during its session in Tobruk.
The Special Envoy congratulates Prime Minister Abdlehamid AlDabaiba and his cabinet as well as the new Presidency Council and encourages them to quickly tackle the many challenges facing the Libyan people, to improve living conditions and basic services and to prepare the country for the holding of inclusive national elections on 24 December 2021. He congratulates the CoR, its leaders and the members who have once again come together in unity and demonstrated their constitutional responsibility for the benefit of their people and of their country.
Special Envoy Kubiš takes this opportunity to congratulate the former President of the Council of the Presidency of the Government of National Accord, Mr. Fayez Serraj, for his leadership, his political acumen and his concern to ensure a swift and smooth transition power.
Today's swearing-in session illustrates the desire and determination of Libyans to overcome their difference, to work for a better future for all, to walk together towards unity, national reconciliation, transitional justice, the '' equality and the empowerment of women and young people, and towards the building of a union, sovereign, independent and democratic State, governed by the rule of law and respect for equal human rights for all.
UNSMIL and its international partners stand firmly ready to continue providing all necessary support to the Libyan people and Libyan institutions.
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) congratulates the Libyan people on the approval by the House of Representatives (HdR) of a new unified interim government and congratulates the CoR leadership and its members for uniting in this historic day and to defend the interests of their country and their people.
Libya now has a real opportunity to move forward towards unity, stability, prosperity, reconciliation and fully restore its sovereignty.
UNSMIL also commends the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LDPF) for its patriotic efforts which have led to this historic moment in Libyan history, as well as all parties in Libya who have supported this process, including national authorities. and local, the 5 + 5 Joint Commission military and elders and notables of Sirte and all Libya.
By Harrison Arubu
President of the United Nations General Assembly, Amb. Volkan Bozkir, “warmly welcomed” the approval of Libya's interim unity government.
The country's House of Representatives on Wednesday approved the cabinet of interim Prime Minister Abdelhamid Dbeibah after two days of intense debate.
According to an agreement negotiated by the UN, the transitional government is to lead the country through elections, scheduled for December 24.
In a tweet, Bozkir said he hoped lawmakers' decision would help "heal divisions and put Libya on a stable track" for the December elections.
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) also congratulated the interim government and the Libyan people for the vote.
At the reporters briefing in New York, the UN spokesperson said UNSMIL applauded the House of Representatives for coming together to defend the interests of their country and their people.
“The Mission affirms that Libya now has a real opportunity to move forward towards unity, stability, prosperity, reconciliation and the full restoration of its sovereignty,” said Dujarric.
The interim government was appointed by stakeholders during the UN-led peace talks in Geneva on February 5 following the ceasefire last year.
It replaces rival administrations that plunged the country into a costly civil war after longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi was ousted by NATO-backed forces in 2011. (NAN)
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Special Envoy Ján Kubiš, ASG / UNSMIL Coordinator Raisedon Zenenga and ASG / Humanitarian Coordinator Georgette Gagnon met today with the President of the designated Presidential Council, Mr. Mohamed Almenfi, and the designated PC member, Mr. Abdullah The Lafi, in Tripoli. He congratulated them on their election to the LPDF. They discussed the ways the UN can support to accelerate the implementation of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) Roadmap, including holding an official House of Representatives vote of confidence session. Mr. Kubis highlighted Mr. Almenfi's commitment to the LPDF Roadmap, including the holding of the elections on December 24, 2021. He expressed the UN's willingness to provide all necessary technical support to the CP designated in the comping phase, especially in reconciliation and transitional justice efforts. and the unifications of state institutions.
Special Envoy Kubiš, UNSMIL Coordinator Zenenga and HC / RC Georgette Gagnon also met with the Defense Minister of the Government of National Accord, Mr. Salaheddine Namroush, and senior officials from the Defense Ministry in Tripoli. They discussed the security situation in the country and ways to accelerate the implementation of the ceasefire agreement and supported the ongoing efforts of the 5 + 5 Joint Military Commission. They also discussed cooperation in the unification of military and security institutions. and United Nations support for Security Sector Reform (SSR) and Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) efforts.
They also met with the Head of the National High Electoral Commission (HNEC), Dr. Emad Al-Sayeh, to discuss who reported on the preparations for the upcoming national elections on December 24, 2021. Dr. Al-Sayeh expressed his appreciation for the continued support of UNSMIL and the international community to the HNEC. Special Envoy Kubis said that the United Nations and international partners fully support the holding of the elections, which allows Libyans to democratically elect their representatives. He reiterated the UN's willingness to provide the necessary technical support to HNEC to ensure the success of this democratic process.
In the same context as his meetings in al-Qubba yesterday, where he met with the Speaker of the House of Representatives and a group of HoR members, Special Envoy Kubiš, accompanied by UNSMIL Zenenga and HC / RC coordinator Georgette Gagnon , they held a meeting this afternoon. with a large group of members of the House of Representatives (HoR) in Tripoli to exchange views on the way forward, especially regarding holding an official HoR session as soon as possible. He told HoR members that a vote of confidence would not only provide a legitimate umbrella for the new interim executive, but would also send a strong signal that he has massive support from the legislative authority.
Special envoy Ján Kubiš will continue to meet with Libyan interlocutors tomorrow.
The Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ján Kubiš arrived in Tripoli yesterday, on his first visit to Libya after his appointment, to meet with officials Libyans and stakeholders in different parts of the country.
Special Envoy Kubiš, accompanied by the Assistant Secretary General (ASG) and UNSMIL Coordinator, Raisedon Zenenga, and the ASG / Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Georgette Gagnon, met today with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mohamed Siyala, Vice President of the Presidential Council (PC) Ahmed Mitig and PC member Abdulsalam Kajman, who congratulated him on his appointment and offered their full support to the Special Envoy in his mission, as well as in the work of the United Nations.
They discussed a wide range of issues, including national and international dynamics in light of the successful outcome of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) meeting in Switzerland, which resulted in the selection of a new unified interim executive authority, and the importance to move forward with the full implementation of the Roadmap, including a smooth transition of power.
Mr. Kubiš expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome and reiterated the UN's full support for the Libyan people in their quest for peace, stability, prosperity and unity, especially through the holding of national elections on December 24, 2021. He reaffirmed the continued support of the UN on the humanitarian and development fronts, especially in light of the challenges faced by the Libyan people due to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Special Envoy Kubiš, together with ASG / UNSMIL Coordinator Zenenga and ASG / HC / RC Gagnon, also met with the Minister of the Interior, Mr. Fathi Bashagha and commended him for his active participation and support of the LPDF. They discussed the political and security situation in Libya and highlighted the need to advance in the full implementation of the ceasefire agreement through the work of the 5 + 5 Joint Military Commission, as well as the LPDF Roadmap leading to the elections.
Special envoy Ján Kubiš continued his international contacts. On Monday he was received in Tunis by HE President of the Republic of Tunisia Kais Said and held a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Othman al-Jerandi. These days he has also had phone calls with the Algerian Foreign Ministers Sabri Boukadoum and Luigi Di Maio from Italy.
Science and gender equality are vital for the achievement of international development goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. For decades, the UN and the international community have gone to great lengths to inspire and engage women and girls in science.
Gender biases and stereotypes alienate women and girls from the science-related field, so we have fewer female biologists, physicists, mathematicians, and engineering professionals.
However, women strive to outperform and participate in the field of science, and they have had great success over time. Libyan women are no exception and today the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), with the Women's Empowerment Unit of the Government of National Accord (GNA), celebrate the achievements of Libyan women, represented by four scientists and pioneers in their fields.
UNSMIL will work hand in hand with Libyan women to create more space for their progress and development and to support and achieve the agreed development goals, including the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.
UNSMIL congratulates all Libyan women on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science and commemorates them for their scientific achievements.
We congratulate Ms Nagat Elsadig, Fellow of the British Royal Fellowship in Clinical Biochemistry, Dr Fatin Abdulhameed, First Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Tripoli, Ms Rania Rahoma, Aeronautical Engineer, and Dr. Sirte University and recipient of the 2020 World Oncology and Medicine Award, for her strong contribution to science and her efforts to encourage other women to join and prosper in the field of science.
UNSMIL will continue to support Libyan women, encouraging and empowering Libyan women who lead in innovation, science and development. The Mission will continue to promote actions to remove all barriers that hold women back, based on our firm belief that the prosperity of Libyan society depends on advancing the strong contribution of Libyan women, including in science.