The UN denounces that “certain institutional actors” are hindering the work for the holding of elections in Libya

He reminds the parties of their “moral and political responsibility” to “work actively for the country’s return to peace and stability”.

MADRID, November 16 (EUROPA PRESS) –

The United Nations has denounced that “certain institutional actors” in Libya are “actively hindering” the work for the holding of elections, after the worsening of the political crisis due to the postponement of the presidential elections scheduled for December 2021.

The UN envoy for Libya and head of the United Nations Support Mission in that country (UNSMIL), Abdoualaye Bathily, indicated that “there is growing recognition” around this point and underlined that “the true political will of these actors must be verified”. with reality”.

“The popular yearning for peace, stability and legitimate institutions is clear from my interactions with the Libyans,” he said during an appearance before the UN Security Council. before confirming “consultations” with actors “from all regions” of Africa. countries to try to reach a consensus on the holding of elections.

Thus, Bathily said he contacted representatives of the Council of the Presidency, the High Council of State and “other key players”, to whom he reminded of their “moral and political responsibility” when it comes to “working actively in the country’s return to peace and stability”.

The UN envoy for Libya stressed that “UNSMIL continues to provide technical assistance to the electoral commission to maintain preparations for the elections once all the political, legal and security conditions are met”.

Bathily reviewed that “there seems to be broad agreement around the serious crisis of legitimacy that Libyan institutions are suffering”, for which he argued that “the restoration of legitimacy everywhere is of great importance”. and warned that “further extending the interim period will make the country more vulnerable to political, economic and security instability, which would put it at risk of partition.”

“We must join hands to encourage the Libyan leaders to work resolutely for the holding of elections as soon as possible. I call on this Council to send an unequivocal message to the obstructionists that their actions will not be without consequences”, a- he manifested.

On the other hand, he confirmed that the algo el fuego agreement is respected “despite the continued use of the rhetoric of escalating tensions and the deployment of forces by all parties”, before asking everyone to “avoid measures that could undermine the ceasefire”.

Bathily also expressed concern about the “lack of progress” in implementing the agreement between the parties on the withdrawal of mercenaries and foreign fighters and warned of the “alarming” human rights situation. man in the country, with documented cases of enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests and ill-treatment in detention centres.

“Since October, dozens of detainees in Mitiga prison have been on hunger strike to protest against their conditions of imprisonment,” he said, while acknowledging that “violations of human rights migrants and asylum seekers continue with impunity”.

“Migrants and refugees crossing the central Mediterranean from Libya continue to be intercepted by the Libyan authorities, disembarked in Libya and sent to detention centers where they suffer serious human rights abuses,” he said. he denounced, before demanding that Tripoli and neighboring countries “respect international standards on search and rescue practices” and that they take the rescued to “safe places”.

Bathily’s remarks came after the President of Libya’s High Council of State, Khaled Mishri, on Monday accused the internationally recognized government, led by Abdelhamid Dbeibé, of avoiding a meeting of the body in the capital, Tripoli, by deploying loyalist militias to block access to the meeting place.

Mishri described the Dbeibé government as a “militia government” and accused Prime Minister Dbeibé of trying to prevent an agreement between the High Council of State and the House of Representatives – the eastern-based parliament. Libya – on a constitutional basis for holding elections.

The country is once again divided into two administrations after the House of Representatives ended Dbeibé’s mandate due to the postponement of the December presidential elections and appointed Fazi Bashaga, a dispute that has spilled over into the country’s energy sector, absolutely essential to support the economy of a nation ruined after years of civil war.

The unity government rejected the decision of the House of Representatives and affirmed that Dbeibé would remain in power to implement its new “road map” for the holding of elections. Dbeibé was elected prime minister by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) in February 2021, replacing the hitherto unified prime minister, Fayez Serraj.

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