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The UN senior official for Africa, Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, warned the Security Council that “the overall situation in Libya remains highly volatile.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 25 JULY 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

25 JULY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa in the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations:
“The overall situation in Libya remains highly volatile. Despite progress achieved, the constitutional and political stalemate persists, prolonging the tense security environment, with an increased number of clashes in and around Tripoli. The economic situation remains dire, exacerbated by the politicization of the National Oil Corporation.”
4. Close up, Security Council president
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa in the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations:
“We have witnessed demonstrations by frustrated Libyans over the lack of progress on elections and poor state services. In addition, the human rights situation in the country still remains of serious concern.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa in the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations:
“We are deeply concerned about the armed clashes in Tripoli that took place on the night of 21 July and the skirmishes in Misrata on 23 July, between armed groups resulting in an unconfirmed number of civilian casualties.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa in the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations:
“The human rights situation in Libya remains of serious concern. The dire economic situation has had a negative impact on people’s fundamental rights to basic services and access to food, water and sanitation, healthcare and education.”
10. Med shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa in the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations:
“The message from the young Libyans to their leadership was that they need to do more to improve their living conditions and that they want elections to be held as soon as possible in order to choose their legitimate representative.”
12. Close up, Security Council president
13. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Taher M. T. Elsonni, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Libya:
“Today's briefing comes nearly a month after the last meeting of the Council. During this period, everyone has followed the series of successive and accelerating events whether local or international. Events are unfortunate. The tensions are part of the reality of the current political impasse and division. The current situation could get out of hand at any moment unless radical solutions are found to the crisis, away from foreign interventions and political maneuvers.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

The UN senior official for Africa, Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, warned the Security Council that “the overall situation in Libya remains highly volatile.”

Addressing the Council today (25 July), the Assistant Secretary-General for Africa said that “despite progress achieved, the constitutional and political stalemate persists, prolonging the tense security environment, with an increased number of clashes in and around Tripoli.”

According to Pobee, the economic situation “remains dire, exacerbated by the politicization of the National Oil Corporation.”

The Assistant Secretary-General also highlighted the demonstrations of the last few months, saying they were conducted by “frustrated Libyans over the lack of progress on elections and poor state services.”

Pobee said the UN is “”deeply concerned” about the armed clashes in Tripoli that took place on the night of 21 July and the skirmishes in Misrata on 23 July, between armed groups resulting in an unconfirmed number of civilian casualties.

In addition, she noted that “the human rights situation in the country still remains of serious concern.”

“The dire economic situation has had a negative impact on people’s fundamental rights to basic services and access to food, water and sanitation, healthcare and education”, the Assistant Secretary-General informed.
According to Pobee, “the message from the young Libyans to their leadership was that they need to do more to improve their living conditions and that they want elections to be held as soon as possible in order to choose their legitimate representative.”

The Libyan Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Taher M. T. Elsonni, noted a series of “unfortunate events” that took place since the last Security Council meeting about the country, nearly a month ago.

Elsonni warned that “the tensions are part of the reality of the current political impasse and division” and “the current situation could get out of hand at any moment unless radical solutions are found to the crisis, away from foreign interventions and political maneuvers.”
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