National dialogue meeting in Libya postponed

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Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson of the UN Secretary-General. UNifeed (video capture)

A meeting brokered by the United Nations to bring together Libya's political leaders ahead of parliamentary elections has been postponed.

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) called for a broad-based national dialogue to work out a set of principles before the elections scheduled for 25 June.

The Mission says the dialogue is an important part of the transition to democracy in Libya and will help to build state institutions based on the rule of law.

The Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General is Farhan Haq.

"The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has stressed the importance of holding a national dialogue meeting irrespective of differences and divisions seen among representatives of the Libyan political parties. The mission understands some of the concerns and emphasizes respect for different opinions but continues to urge all parties to work together to ensure a suitable political, and security environment to conduct the upcoming elections. It reiterates its commitment to work for the stability of Libya and to ensure progress in the transitional process."  (26″)

Libya has experienced some of the worst violence this year since the fall of President Muammar al-Qadhafi in 2011.

Sophie Outhwaite, United Nations

Duration:  1’14″

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