Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Libya holds series of meetings with Libyan officials and actors from different backgrounds and affiliations – Libya
Tripoli, May 3, 2021 – The Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Ján Kubiš, continued his meetings with Libyan officials, political actors and Security. The Special Envoy underlined the importance of the full implementation of resolutions 2570 (2021) and 2571 (2021) recently adopted by the United Nations Security Council, including his appeal to the House of Representatives and state institutions competent authorities to take the necessary measures to facilitate the holding of elections on 24 December.
Yesterday, the Special Envoy met the Chairman of the High National Electoral Commission, Dr Emad Sayyeh, at his headquarters in Tripoli, where he renewed the UN’s strong condemnation of the terrorist attack, which took place in the same date in 2018. The special Envoy and the President of HNEC discussed the preparations and necessary measures for the holding of national elections on December 24, in accordance with Security Council resolution 2570 (2021), including coordination between the HNEC, the Government of National Unity (GNU), the Presidency Council and the Minister of the Interior. Special Envoy Kubiš renewed the will of the UN and the international community to continue providing the necessary support to HNEC.
Special Envoy Kubis also met with Central Bank Governor Siddiq ElKaberto to discuss the economic and financial situation and the need to support the GNU and Libyan institutions, enabling them to resolve the most pressing issues, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the electricity crisis, as well as the financing of the CNO. Stressing the importance of the proper functioning of the Board of Directors of the CBL and of financial and state institutions, Special Envoy Kubis stressed the need to ensure transparent and adequate management of the country’s national resources and revenues for the benefit of the Libyan people. With Governor ElKabe, he also discussed the next steps following the conclusion of the international audit of the Central Bank.
During the meeting with the Minister of Justice, Ms. Halima R. Abdul Rahman, the Special Envoy discussed the general human rights situation across the country, in particular the problems of arbitrary detention, detention centers. illegal detention and detainees detained without due process. They welcomed the recent release of detainees by various parties in eastern and western Libya. The Special Envoy and the Minister discussed the role of the judiciary in the electoral process, the need to revise the laws to allow the widest possible participation in the elections, the protection of civil space for women and young people as voters or candidates. The Special Envoy pledged UN support for the CP and the GNU’s efforts to achieve a rights-based national reconciliation process and transitional justice. Finally, they confirmed the need to fully respect international humanitarian law, the rights of migrants and refugees.
Special Envoy Ján Kubiš continued his outreach activities in a meeting with the Minister of Oil and Gas. Mohamed M. Oun and separately with the president of the national oil cooperation Mustafa Sanalla. At both meetings, HE Kubis discussed current challenges, including the continuing lack of adequate and timely funding for the maintenance and renewal of petroleum infrastructure and the operational needs of the petroleum sector. He stressed the importance of safeguarding the neutrality of the Libyan oil sector without politicization, as well as allocating the necessary funds to finance operations and implement the maintenance and development plans necessary to ensure the continuity of oil production.
On Saturday, Special Envoy Ján Kubiš met with the Commander of the Libyan Arab Armed Forces, Khalifa Haftar. The meeting focused on advancing the implementation of the ceasefire agreement in full compliance with UN Security Council resolution 2570 (2021), starting with the reopening from the coastal road and the withdrawal of all foreign and mercenary forces from Libya without further delay. They also discussed the unification of Libya’s military institutions, praising the work of the 5 + 5 Joint Military Commission (JMC). The two sides stressed the importance of committing to the date of holding national elections on December 24, 2021 as a crucial step to strengthen stability, independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and l national unity of Libya. They reviewed the situation in southern Libya in the light of developments in Chad and the need to protect stability and security.
In a meeting today, Special Envoy and members of the Presidency Council (PC) Musa Elkony and Abdullah Allafi reaffirmed the critical importance of unifying the Libyan army under the aegis PC, also in the light of recent regional developments. They further discussed national reconciliation and the contribution of the UN and the African Union in this regard.
On Friday, April 30, the Special Envoy informed the President of the High Council of State, Khaled Meshri, of his commitments with national and international actors aimed at advancing the peace process in Libya. They discussed recent developments regarding the constitutional and legislative framework for the holding of legislative and presidential elections.
Special Envoy Kubis also today met Mohamed Sawan and Nizar Kawan of the Justice and Construction party, to discuss the political situation in the country and the next steps towards holding elections on December 24, as well as the important role political parties in the electoral process.
These days, Special Envoy Kubis has had telephone conversations with several Libyan and international partners, including Prime Minister Dbeiba, following their meeting several days ago, and former Interior Minister Fathi. Bashaga. He also met Egypt’s new ambassador to Libya, Mohamed Sarwat Selim.
Today, the Special Envoy also met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Çavuşoğlu, who is visiting Tripoli with other senior officials. In their discussion, they focused in particular on the withdrawal of foreign fighters and mercenaries, Libya’s requests and requirements in terms of training and capacity building, the criteria for the ceasefire monitoring operation of the UN and the situation around the elections scheduled for December 24, 2021.