GENEVA / LIBYA WILLIAMS

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A weeklong meeting in Switzerland concluded today with 74 delegates from Libya’s opposing factions choosing the four leaders meant to guide the North African country through to national elections on 24 December. UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / LIBYA WILLIAMS
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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DATELINE: 5 FEBRUARY 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1.Wide shot, press conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland
2.Wide shot, Arrivals of Stephanie Williams, United Nations Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General with team
3.Various shots, Libyan National anthem
4.SOUNDBITE (English) Stephanie Williams, United Nations Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General:
“This is a moment for historic compromise, we have seen it already people are reaching across the divide. You know, the guarantee is that what you are doing now will serve your people who are waiting for elections and waiting for a government that can deliver services across the country for an improvement in the security situation.”
5.Med shot, Stephanie Williams at the podium with spokespersons
6.SOUNDBITE (English) Stephanie Williams, United Nations Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General:
“One of the key tasks of the new government is national reconciliation and there is a lot of talk about this in the room today about the need to build upon trust and confidence that has been developed in the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum and that would be a key duty responsibility of the Presidency Council, particularly with regards to return of IDP’s (Internally Displaced Persons) and those who had to leave the country for people to be able to go back home .”
7.Close up, Colleague of Stephanie Williams, United Nations Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General
8.SOUNDBITE (English) Stephanie Williams, United Nations Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General:
“There are a lot of challenges, I think that the new executive will be up to meeting those challenges provided that they follow the advice and recommendations put forward by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum to build a government of competent, patriotic Libyans who are not there to divide the cake but to share the responsibility”.
Medium shot, journalists in press briefing room
SOUNDBITE (English) - Stephanie Williams, United Nations Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General: “The international community needs to come in quickly and decisively behind this new executive. In my last Security Council briefing I did recommend that the Security Council consider issuing a resolution which I think will be a very important signal of support.”
9.Med shot, photographer
10.SOUNDBITE (English) Stephanie Williams, United Nations Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General:
“This is not about black and white. You need to meet somewhere in the middle, you have to make historic compromises and concessions and that is what we have seen through this intra-Libyan process. And so they are determined to make sure that this temporary executive authority they don’t get too comfortable in their seats and that the elected legislator branches do at long last what they need to do to produce the elections and to renew the democratic legitimacy of Libyan institutions.”
11.Close up, journalist
12.SOUNDBITE (English) Stephanie Williams, United Nations Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General: “There are many many people who have been detained for too many years illegally and against all principles. There is a culture of torture and abuse, these are all challenges not only for this new executive authority but also as Libya continues on this journey really building unified, strong and accountable institutions”.
13.Close up, security
14.Close up, camera woman
15.Med shot, journalist
16.Med shot, journalist

STORYLINE:

A weeklong meeting in Switzerland concluded today with 74 delegates from Libya’s opposing factions choosing the four leaders meant to guide the North African country through to national elections on 24 December.

Speaking at a press conference in Geneva, United Nations facilitator of the process, Stephanie Williams, said “this is a moment for historic compromise. We have seen it already people are reaching across the divide. You know, the guarantee is that what you are doing now will serve your people who are waiting for elections and waiting for a government that can deliver services across the country for an improvement in the security situation”.

The outcome of the Swiss-hosted meeting is being seen as a potential way to end a bitter conflict that has divided the country, and to unify a split country.

Ms Williams stressed that “one of the key tasks of the new government is national reconciliation and there is a lot of talk about this in the room today about the need to build upon trust and confidence that has been developed in the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum and that would be a key duty responsibility of the Presidency Council, particularly with regards to return of IDP’s (Internally Displaced Persons) and those who had to leave the country for people to be able to go back home ”.

Mohammad Younes Al- Menfi, a Libyan diplomat, was chosen to head the three-person Presidency Council. Abdul Hamid Mohammed Dbeibah was chosen as interim prime minister.

“There are a lot of challenges, I think that the new executive will be up to meeting those challenges provided that they follow the advice and recommendations put forward by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum to build a government of competent, patriotic Libyans who are not there to divide the cake but to share the responsibility”, Ms. Williams said.

Libyan Political Dialogue Forum capped UN-facilitated diplomatic process that began in Berlin in January last year.

The Acting Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Stephanie Williams, said that “the international community needs to come in quickly and decisively behind this new executive. In my last Security Council briefing I did recommend that the Security Council consider issuing a resolution which I think will be a very important signal of support”.

Libya has been wracked by conflict since the oil-rich saw the toppling of longtime strongman Muammar Gadhafi in 2011.

“This is not about black and white. You need to meet somewhere in the middle, you have to make historic compromises and concessions and that is what we have seen through this intra-Libyan process”, Ms. Williams said. She added that “they are determined to make sure that this temporary executive authority they don’t get too comfortable in their seats and that the elected legislator branches do at long last what they need to do to produce the elections and to renew the democratic legitimacy of Libyan institutions.”

Williams told journalists at the press conference that followed the voting for prime minister that “there are many many people who have been detained for too many years illegally and against all principles. There is a culture of torture and abuse, these are all challenges not only for this new executive authority but also as Libya continues on this journey really building unified, strong and accountable institutions”.

The 5-day meeting in Switzerland marked the last effort by Ms. Williams in her role as leader of the UN mission in Libya. Her successor will be Ján Kubiš, a veteran diplomat from Slovakia.
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