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The President of Libya’s Presidency Council, Mohamed Yunus al-Menfi, said his country is witnessing a "crucial and rather fateful period” with elections set to take place in December. He said, “We either succeed in achieving a democratic transformation through conducting free, fair and transparent elections with an acceptable outcome and thus moving towards sustained stability and prosperity, or we fail and return to division and armed conflict.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 23 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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21 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

23 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, al-Menfi addressing General Assembly
3. Med shot, Libyan delegation
4. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mohamed Yunus al-Menfi, President of the Presidency Council, Libya:
“Libya is witnessing a crucial and rather fateful period: We either succeed in achieving a democratic transformation through conducting free, fair and transparent elections with an acceptable outcome and thus moving towards sustained stability and prosperity, or we fail and return to division and armed conflict.”
5. Wide shot, al-Menfi addressing General Assembly
6. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mohamed Yunus al-Menfi, President of the Presidency Council, Libya:
“On this basis, and through this platform, I am declaring the launch of an appeal which includes a series of elements and steps aimed at protecting the political process and sparing the country the complications of a new crisis. The call focuses on a meeting of the stakeholders, represented by the leaders of relevant political and military institutions, to facilitate reaching an agreement on concrete guarantees to maintain the political process and conduct safe, transparent, and candid elections with acceptable results to all. Working on this track requires, first and foremost, a compromise from all parties, a spirit of responsibility, and placing the country’s interest above any other interest.”
7. Wide shot, al-Menfi addressing General Assembly
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mohamed Yunus al-Menfi, President of the Presidency Council, Libya:
“We all know that the road to reconciliation is long and cannot be complete without implementing transitional justice, truth, openness, acknowledging past mistakes, reparations, as well as the return of the displaced and identifying the fate of the missing. Only with these steps can we move forward towards a successful, genuine, and comprehensive national reconciliation.”
9. Wide shot, al-Menfi leaving podium at General Assembly Hall

STORYLINE:

The President of Libya’s Presidency Council, Mohamed Yunus al-Menfi, said his country is witnessing a "crucial and rather fateful period” with elections set to take place in December. He said, “We either succeed in achieving a democratic transformation through conducting free, fair and transparent elections with an acceptable outcome and thus moving towards sustained stability and prosperity, or we fail and return to division and armed conflict.”

In his address to the UN General Assembly today (23 Sep), al-Menfi said, despite the achievements Libya has made, including solidifying the ceasefire and working with the military committee to open the road linking the east and west of Libya, the removal of foreign fighters and mercenaries continues to represent a serious challenge for the country. He called on the international community to uphold its responsibilities in this regard as this poses a real threat to the conduct of the upcoming elections.

The Libyan leader said the Presidential Council has worked hard to uphold its agreed commitments, particularly the roadmap which emerged from the political dialogue, the outcomes of the Berlin process, and relevant Security Council resolutions, but the challenges it faced and rapid developments have compelled it think of more practical options to avoid the dangers of reaching a dead end.

al-Menfi launched an appeal which includes “a series of elements and steps aimed at protecting the political process and sparing country the complications of a new crisis.” He said, “The call focuses on a meeting of the stakeholders, represented by the leaders of relevant political and military institutions, to facilitate reaching an agreement on concrete guarantees to maintain the political process and conduct safe, transparent, and candid elections with acceptable results to all.” He stressed that working on this track requires, “first and foremost, a compromise from all parties, a spirit of responsibility, and placing the country’s interest above any other interest.”

The Libyan leader said his country would host an international conference in October to launch the ‘Support Libya’s Stability’ initiative which addresses the political, security, military, and economic tracks based on the previous outcomes on Libya. He said the initiative aims at ensuring the continuation of international support in a unified, consistent and coherent manner according to a comprehensive national vision.

Al-Menfi said national reconciliation is a key element for the success of any political process and achieving durable stability, which is why the Presidential Council has made it its top priority.

He said, “We all know that the road to reconciliation is long and cannot be complete without implementing transitional justice, truth, openness, acknowledging past mistakes, reparations, as well as the return of the displaced and identifying the fate of the missing. Only with these steps can we move forward towards a successful, genuine, and comprehensive national reconciliation.”

Al-Menfi expressed his confidence that the Libyan people will be able to overcome the adversity they are currently facing and come back stronger than before.
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