UN official urges Libyan parties to commit to political process

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Panel Discussion: Panel II: The Full Implementation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Challenges Ahead and Ways Forward. Panelists: Ms. Maude Barlow (Canada); Mr. Latif Huseynov (Azerbaijan); Mr. Ghassan Salame (Lebanon) Mr. Ghassan Salame speaking

Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, Ghassan Salame, on Sunday called on Libyan political parties not to take any actions that could undermine the political process.

“Since the launch of the UN Action Plan for Libya, on September 20, 2017, my colleagues and I have been working arduously to support Libya to enter a stage of certainty, embodied in a stable, capable and fair state,” Salame said in a press release on Sunday.

“I have also heard from Libyans, across the country, that they are fed up with violence and living in fear. They hope for a political solution, for reconciliation and for harmony. They see the political process as the only path to the stability and the unity of their country. Thus, I urge all parties to heed their voices and refrain from any actions that could undermine the political process,” Salame added.

Salame also said that the action plan aims at solving the Libyan political crisis by holding free and fair elections, which would bring stability for Libya.

“The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has provided the needed technical support to the High National Elections Commission (HNEC) and is intensively trying to establish the proper political, legislative and security conditions for elections to be held before the end of 2018,” he said.

Salame proposed an action plan for Libya in September that includes amendment of the current UN-sponsored political agreement, holding a UN-sponsored national conference for all of Libya’s political factions, adopting a constitution, and finally election of a president and a parliament.

Libya has been struggling to make a democratic transition following the 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Gaddafi’s regime.