UN urges Libyan leaders to refrain from using expiration of LPDF roadmap "as a tool for political manipulation"

Alwasat - Cairo Thu 23 Jun 2022, 02:25 AM
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The United Nations on Wednesday warned against attempts of political manipulation by parties in Libya, saying it regrets that several milestones of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) political roadmap, adopted in Tunis in November 2020, were missed over the course of 2021, including the conduct of national elections scheduled for Dec. 24, 2021.

The LPDF roadmap set the expiration of the transitional phase on June 22, 2022, provided that presidential and parliamentary elections are held by then, which has not been the case, said Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

"We therefore urge Libyan leaders to refrain from using the date of June 22 as a tool for political manipulation. Instead, we encourage them to redouble their efforts to maintain calm and stability at this critical juncture in Libya's political transition," he said.

The priority of the United Nations in Libya remains to facilitate a return to the electoral process, based on a sound and consensual constitutional and legal basis for elections. The world body remains firmly convinced that elections are the only path to address and renew the democratic legitimacy of all Libyan institutions, he told a daily press briefing.

The transitional phase was based on certain steps for progress. Those have not been met, he said. "Acting as if this particular date has any significance for one side or another is not helpful, compared to actually working together and working with our special adviser to move forward for Libya."

It is the Libyan parties who are responsible for their failure to come together. The United Nations has been working for years trying to bring the country under a unified set of structures, a unified government, and it is up to the parties themselves to continue to cooperate on that process, he said.

Other governments, other parties -- inside and outside the region -- have been contributing to an atmosphere in which there is further divisiveness rather than further unity, and that has to end, he said.

Stephanie Williams, the UN secretary-general's special adviser on Libya, tried to get the parties to agree on a constitutional framework for the elections to be held. She has spoken with the two different sides, and they have both indicated their agreement to come to further consultations. The United Nations is looking forward to setting up those consultations as soon as possible, said Haq.

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