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In his first briefing to the Security Council since his recent assignment, UN Special Envoy for Libya Ján Kubiš said developments in the country “represent a trend and momentum that must not be lost.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 24 MARCH 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, UN Headquarters exterior

24 MARCH 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Multiple screens, participants in Security Council meeting
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ján Kubiš, Special Envoy on Libya and Head of United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), United Nations:
“This manifestation of the emerging political will for unification after years of internal strife and conflict is first and foremost a result of Libyan dialogue and Libyan decisions, grounded in the wishes of the people to finally end the divisions and confrontations of the transition period, to reclaim back their country, to reinstate its unity and sovereignty.”
4. Multiple screens, participants in Security Council meeting
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ján Kubiš, Special Envoy on Libya and Head of United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), United Nations:
“Madam President, there is a broad and strong support in the country, among its increasingly young population for holding inclusive elections on 24 December, which should remain a key focus for the new interim executive authority and state institutions. For the polls to take place, it is critical to have confirmed, clear legal and constitutional framework for the presidential and parliamentary elections.”
6. Multiple screens, participants in Security Council meeting
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ján Kubiš, Special Envoy on Libya and Head of United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), United Nations:
“Madam President, these developments represent a trend and momentum that must not be lost. Moving forward, we all need to assist and encourage the new executive authority, the HoR and the High Council of State to pursue an inclusive political process, to fulfil the objectives set by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum and to maintain momentum on all intra-Libyan tracks, which need to continue working in a mutually-reinforcing manner.”
8. Multiple screens, participants in Security Council meeting
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Taher Elsonni, Permanent Representative of Libya to the United Nations:
“This is an opportunity for the international community to positively contribute to this phase and to work to rectify its mistakes and support the Libyan will to expiate what it has done and the harm it has inflicted on my country. This was due to negative direct and indirect interventions since 2011. Therefore, this Council has a moral obligation to the Libyans for what the situation has reach. It has a moral obligation towards the innocent victims, including children, youth and women, regardless of who they are and who they followed, as they were all Libyans.”
10. Multiple screens, participants in Security Council meeting
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Taher Elsonni, Permanent Representative of Libya to the United Nations:
“The withdrawal of all mercenaries and foreign forces from Libya is a non-negotiable sovereign demand. It is the only path to ensure stability in the country and the entire region. Therefore, there is a need to commit to this demand first and foremost by the countries that have interfered in the Libyan situation and engaged us in a proxy war, the fuel of which was and continues to be our youth.”
12. Multiple screens, participants in Security Council meeting

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In his first briefing to the Security Council since his recent assignment, UN Special Envoy for Libya Ján Kubiš said developments in the country “represent a trend and momentum that must not be lost.”

Speaking at a virtual meeting of the Council today (24 Mar), Kubiš said the Libyan House of Representatives(HoR) overwhelmingly endorsed the Government of National Unity (GNU) proposed by Prime Minister Abdelhamid AlDabaiba, in a meeting in Sirte and then again meeting in Tobruk for the swearing-in ceremony.

He said the “manifestation of the emerging political will for unification after years of internal strife and conflict is first and foremost a result of Libyan dialogue and Libyan decisions, grounded in the wishes of the people to finally end the divisions and confrontations of the transition period, to reclaim back their country, to reinstate its unity and sovereignty.”

The Special Envoy stressed that, moving forward, “we all need to assist and encourage the new executive authority, the HoR and the High Council of State to pursue an inclusive political process, to fulfil the objectives set by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum and to maintain momentum on all intra-Libyan tracks, which need to continue working in a mutually-reinforcing manner.”

Kubiš noted that it is up to the Libyan leaders to demonstrate the will to honour the pledges and commitments under the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) Roadmap that corresponds to the will of the Libyan people. He added that they will need the continued, timely and aligned support of the United Nations Security Council and the international community.

The Special Envoy reported to the Council the “broad and strong support in the country, among its increasingly young population for holding inclusive elections on 24 December, which should remain a key focus for the new interim executive authority and state institutions.” He said for the polls to take place, “it is critical to have confirmed, clear legal and constitutional framework for the presidential and parliamentary elections.”

Kubiš underscored that the continued functioning of the House, building on the current momentum and positive dynamics, will be of utmost importance to complete vital next tasks including the adoption of the budget, the electoral laws and other relevant legislation necessary to conclude the interim phase.

The Special Envoy said the UN Secretariat deployed an Advance Team to Libya to assess possible UN support to the Libyan-led Ceasefire Monitoring Mechanism on 3 March, adding that preliminary findings were shared with the Council in the progress report issued on 22 March.

While the ceasefire has resulted in a dramatic reduction of civilian casualties, the UN mission in Libya (UNSMIL) continued to document killings, enforced disappearances, sexual violence, including rape, arbitrary arrests and detentions, attacks against activists and human rights defenders and hate crimes, according to Kubiš. He said freedom of expression is undermined, various armed groups continue to operate without hindrance, and human rights violations continue with almost total impunity.

The Special Envoy said the country is also facing an acute electricity crisis this summer and there are risks to its water security as well. UN agencies estimate that over 4 million people, including 1.5 million children, may face being denied access to clean water and sanitation if immediate solutions are not found and implemented. Wit only only five per cent of the 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan funded, he encouraged Member States to contribute funding to assist some 450,000 vulnerable people in need.

Libyan ambassador Taher Elsonni said his address to the Council today was on behalf of a unified Libyan state. He said the LPDF, despite the challenges, achieved what seemed to many to be impossible and brought signs of hope for the healing of Libya and turning the page on the suffering which all Libyans endured.

Elsonni said the will of Libyans, through announcements by the Presidency Council and the Prime Minister of the National Unity Government, is move steadfastly forward to implement national priorities, despite the limited timeframe; mainly working to improve living and service conditions for citizens in all areas in a fair and swift manner, unifying institutions, restoring security and stability across the country, supporting the work of the Joint Military Committee, combating terrorism, and launching the national reconciliation project to pave the way to holding presidential and parliamentary elections set for 24 December.

The Libyan ambassador said, “This is an opportunity for the international community to positively contribute to this phase and to work to rectify its mistakes and support the Libyan will to expiate what it has done and the harm it has inflicted on my country. This was due to negative direct and indirect interventions since 2011. Therefore, this Council has a moral obligation to the Libyans for what the situation has reach. It has a moral obligation towards the innocent victims, including children, youth and women, regardless of who they are and who they followed, as they were all Libyans.”

Elsonni called on the Council to invest national and international momentum and prove its willingness to stand by the demands of the Libyan people to transition towards building their state through a Resolution supporting the outcome of the LPDF and the implementation the ceasefire agreement, particularly with regards to the withdrawal of foreign mercenaries and foreign troops from Libya.

The Libyan ambassador said, “The withdrawal of all mercenaries and foreign forces from Libya is a non-negotiable sovereign demand. It is the only path to ensure stability in the country and the entire region. Therefore, there is a need to commit to this demand first and foremost by the countries that have interfered in the Libyan situation and engaged us in a proxy war, the fuel of which was and continues to be our youth.”
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