“Libya is at a critical juncture – indeed a defining moment,” Mohamed Younis Menfi, President of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Unity, informed world leaders throughout his in-person deal with to the UN General Assembly’s annua debate.
“Either we succeed in our democratic transition through free, fair, and transparent elections, the results of which are acceptable to all … or we fail and relapse into division an armed conflict,” he mentioned, setting out a number of challenges to the nation faces forward of the polls.
Ceasefire holds, however challenges stay
Mr. Menfi mentioned that regardless of heading off makes an attempt to undermine the ceasefire and resolving any disagreements amongst the Libyan events, and regardless of working with the joint army committee to open the street linking jap and western elements of the nation, “the issue of removing mercenaries and foreign forces from the country remains a real challenge.”
“In this regard, we call on the international community to shoulder its responsibility in supporting efforts to address [the challenges posed by foreign forces], with a view to securing the conducive environment for safe free, fair and transparent elections,” he mentioned.
Since assuming Office, the Presidency Council, he mentioned, had made appreciable strides to make sure full implementation of agreed commitments, notably the street map that is a product of the political dialogue, related UN Security Council resolutions, and the so-called Berlin Process, the German-facilitated effort supporting UN mediation to finish the battle in Libya.
“However, we are faced with serious challenges and fast-paced developments which compel us to consider more realistic and practical options to help avoid a political impasse that could undermine the upcoming elections and put us back at square one,” he mentioned.
National talks adopted by a world convention
With all this in thoughts, the President of the Presidency Councill made two bulletins. First, he mentioned that he would proceed on a monitor aimed toward sustaining the political course of and sparing the nation additional complicated political crises.
This would focus on conferences among the many stakeholders represented by related army and political establishments to facilitate an settlement on efficient ensures to take care of the political course of and conduct free and truthful elections with outcomes acceptable by all Libyans.
“Working along this track requires a spirit of compromise from all, a spirit of responsibility and placing the interests of the State above all,” he harassed.
He famous that over the previous years, Libya had seen a number of worldwide initiatives and proposals aimed toward resolving the disaster, none of which had loved the required circumstances for fulfillment.
So, he continued, to revive the sense of goal and make sure that any future initiative could be Libyan-owned and Libyan-led, he introduced a plan to host a world convention in October.
“Building on the previous outcomes on Libya, [the proposed conference] aims to ensure the continuation of international support in a unified consistent and coherent manner according to a comprehensive national vision” he declared, adding that the conference would be attended by relevant international bodies, as well as regional and international partners.
Mr. Menfi went on to stress that national reconciliation would be critical to any political process and to achieving political stability. Therefore, the Libyan leadership had made this its utmost priority. It had established the High Commission for national reconciliation and launched the comprehensive reconciliation on 6 September.
He said many steps were being taken to restore trust among Libyans, the first which was the exchange of detainees and the release of a number of prisoners who had either served their sentences or been found innocent.
“But we all know that the road to reconciliation is long and arduous and to get to the end, applying transitional justice, truth, openness, acknowledging past wrongs, reparations and identifying the missing are all necessary. Only with these steps can we move toward a successful genuine national reconciliation,” he concluded.
Full statement in Arabic right here.