The United Nations Acting Special Envoy to Libya, Stephanie Williams, monitored the achievement of “some positive progress on the various tracks,” stressing that holding the elections next December is irreversible.
During a meeting of the Libyan parties, Williams listed through video the progress made, noting that “news of the exchange of another number of detainees may be underway now and this in turn is very encouraging. I think that these types of confidence-building measures really help us in building the necessary confidence across various sectors.” The trends that divide your country. “
The UN envoy to Libya expressed her hope that “some progress will also be made regarding the reopening of the coastal road between Misurata and Sirte, which we know is very important for your citizens who want to be able to move around the country and to deliver goods and services.”
She also pointed out that “some significant progress has been made on the economic track, and some sub-committees of the economic track met during the past week before the holiday.”
In the same context, Williams pointed out that there is “intensive follow-up to the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Libya regarding the unification of exchange rates. These critical reforms that we are witnessing on the economic track need a lot of follow-up, and there is also a meeting held in Geneva at a high technical level between the various institutions.” Which will also continue. “
The UN envoy reminded the Libyan parties participating in this meeting that “the countdown has begun on December 21, as clear timeframes have been defined in the roadmap that you adopted in Tunisia,” stressing that “determining the date of holding elections on December 24, 2021, and the road to these elections is an achievement. It is irreversible and a goal we will not back down from. “
Williams told the parties to the Libyan crisis that she had witnessed firsthand “the true expression of concerns, the lack of confidence, the need to bridge the gap, and what could be described as a crisis of confidence between the main political actors represented here and outside of this forum as well. However, I must now ask you to: Toward or another challenge yourselves in overcoming this crisis. “
The UN envoy stressed that what Libya needs now urgently is not a formula for power-sharing, but a formula for taking responsibility in a participatory manner, a formula that will lead you to these elections.
On the other hand, Williams criticized what she described as “no progress being made on achieving an acceptable level of consensus on a mechanism for selecting the executive branch.”
And she continued, in this regard, saying: “As a mediator with a clear mandate from the United Nations Security Council, I have a professional, personal and ethical commitment to address this blockage and maintain this process, and in order to help guide you to an acceptable compromise that would contribute to achieving the electoral goal, which is the primary goal.” .