The UN Envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, announced at press conference an agreement between the House of Representatives, HoR, delegation and the Boycotters of HoR on addressing Libya’s new transitional phase:
Leon said that he used to be seen arriving to Skhirat with a lot of expectations to say that “we made it, we have the agreement, and I come to tell you: We are still there. We are still working. We have not reached the final decision. Today, let me tell you we that I am coming with good news, very good news. And this is probably the most important good news that our dialogue has produced so far” Leon said.
He added “I am coming here today to announce an agreement between the HoR delegation and HoR boycotters delegation to immediately start addressing the new transitional phase of the country from the House of Representatives”.
Leon said that after working in the dialogue for a year, and having had ups and downs “I want to pay tribute to this group of women and men. They are all here with me and I want to tell you that I am sure that the Libyan history will remember them because of the agreement they have reached”.
Leon also said “you know that three articles of the (Libyan Political) Agreement, 16-17-18, propose this dialogue and enhance the need for the institution to reflect all the Libyans, with the support of UNSMIL as a facilitator, and this agreement is not only a historic agreement for Libya, it is a very strong message of hope, a very strong message of unity. This is the first word that Libyans will hear from them: unity and democracy because all of them are ready to address politically and democratically their differences in the House of Representatives they have been able to address all the pending issues and to find solutions for all of them”.
He then highlighted that “it is a very strong message, for example, for all the people involved in this dialogue it is possible to solve their differences politically. It is possible. So, I hope that all the Libyans that think that fighting, killing is the only solution to solve their differences, and will listen to this group of women and men, this great and exemplary group of politicians that are telling them we can talk, we can listen to each other and we can have a democracy where everybody can have a say and everybody can be involved in the decision making”.
He assured that he doesn’t want to speak anymore. “The protagonists of this decision are them. So, I will leave them the floor, just enhancing on behalf of the United Nations that represents the world community, on behalf of the international community that is represented here by many ambassadors from the most important countries in the region, and the most important countries in the world, we thank them, we pay tribute to their work, which will be a reference not only for Libya. You have heard this before from me and I will repeat it: this group is bringing hope to the whole region, to those who are killing in Syria, in Iraq, in Yemen, and also the message for them it is possible to solve peacefully their differences”.
He finished his statement by confirming that “it is a history day, it is great news, it is probably the most important message. We have been addressing from this national dialogue to the Libyan people.
Leon defined this agreement as “an agreement inside the agreement”; as it requires some internal agreements and some articles in the text, and there are three articles asking these two groups to reach an agreement that guarantees the plurality, the principles of inclusion, balance, consensus also in the House of Representatives.