In a press conference, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Bernardino Leon, said on Monday night, “We finished our work”.
He added “we have now the final text. So, our part of the process is now finished. Now it is up to the parties, up to the participants in the dialogue to react to this text, but not in terms of adding more comments or getting back with something to negotiate. It is the moment for them and for the Libyans after a process that has been longer, really much longer than we all expected”.
According to the official website of UNSMIL, Leon also said that in case the parties refuse this proposal, then “they will be choosing the uncertainty, the difficulties to work with the international community, to work with other Libyans and, of course, putting this country in a very difficult position”.
Leon’s second message was for the parties and the Libyan people, to understand that this seems to be the only option. He said “we know very well that as in all similar negotiations and agreements this is not perfect for most of the Libyans. Every Libyan, every institution, every party, every organization will see elements in the agreement that they don’t like, but hopefully they will also see more elements that they like and they will all understand in this situation in Libya, such confrontations, killings, humanitarian crisis and so many problems, they must expect that if there is a solution, this proposal is the solution, it will be a text like this final text like we have proposed today”.