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Salame talks to Security Council about Libya

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LIBYAPROSPECT – New York

The UN Security-Council convened in New York, on Thursday, to present the efforts of the United Nations to settle the disputes in Libya.

In his speech, the United Nations Envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, said that the humanitarian situation in Libya is complicated. He stated that the number of poor people had increased because of the economic downturn and the absence of the inspection. He clarified that the country is facing aggressive agendas that affect Libya and the region.

Salame said that “reconstituting the situation is a must. Without it, effective institutions cannot form, rebuilding a state can only be a Sisyphean endeavour.”

He stated that his action plan “made significant headway last two months,” adding that there still few points to be agreed.

Salame stressed that “we are close to consensus,” adding that the mutual recognition of the Political Agreement by the two committees of the House of Representatives (HoR) and the State Council would help in ending the crisis in Libya.

He confirmed that the UN would not tailor a process to pick particular candidates for selecting the new Presidential Council (PC) and the government.

He stated that “any mechanism to select a new PC and the government must be transparent and fair. I am pleased to report that the Libyan public has overwhelmingly welcomed this principled approach.”

Salame clarified that the “work is also ongoing on other parts of the action plan for Libya, such as the National Conference, that known as Al-Multaqa Al-Watani to prepare for the election and the engagement with the security actors with the progress on all fronts.

Salame talked about the possibility of holding Al-Multaqa Al-Watani inside Libya in February 2018. He said that “this conference will give the Libyans across the country the opportunity to come together to renew their common national narrative.”

Salame added that the UN is intensively trying to establish the proper political and technical conditions to hold the elections. He commented that the Libyan people deserve the uncontested national institutions; so, the elections should take place when sure that they will not add a third Parliament or fourth government.

He stated that the UN is working on creating more secure and healthy life for the Libyans.

Salame presented to the Security Council four challenges that need their support; the dire and humanitarian situation in Libya, addressing impunity for war crimes, confronting the economy of predation, and safeguarding Libya’s frozen assets for future generations.

He talked about the outrageous situation in Libya, saying that “Libya, the country that stands upon vast wealth, has so many suffering. However, the UN and so the International Community must assist them to tackle the urgent concerns.”

Salame added that the “lawlessness continues to prevail in the face of increasingly heinous crimes. I can’t accept that repeated call for justice goes unattended. If Libyans alone can’t combat impunity for the war crimes, it is time for the International Community to consider the mechanisms that can help them.

Salame said that the politics in Libya is shaped by economic predation, adding that Billions of Dollars are lost every year in illicit money transfers. He said that the traffic of subsidised fuel to foreign countries robs Libya of 100s of millions each month.

Regarding the frozen Libyan assets, Salame said that it is one thing, but the mismanagement is another problem. He stressed that it is essential to revisit how Libya’s external wealth and investments are taken care of, to protect them for Libya’s future generations; adding that 100s of millions more are silently lost due to poor management.

Salame clarified that the action plan had created a new momentum for many constructive and peaceful debates on the Libyan future.

He said that he every day “I receive ideas from ordinary citizens who are not prepared to sacrifice rights for security.