The Situation in Libya - Security Council, 9306th meeting

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18-Apr-2023 01:55:21
Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (S/2023/248)

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ABDOULAYE BATHILY, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), said he has engaged the country’s key political leaders through shuttle diplomacy to make compromises that will clear the path to elections there.

Furthermore, he held several rounds of consultations in Tripoli, Benghazi and Sebha, with Libyans from all three regions representing civil society, women, youth and political parties to amplify their demands for greater inclusion of Libya’s leaders and institutions.nbsp;

He went on to emphasize that, for elections to take place this year, the electoral laws must be completed in time for the High National Elections Commission to begin implementing the electoral process by early July.

Turning to the security situation in Libya, he said it remains tense, the ceasefire continues to hold and there were positive developments on cooperation between the Libyan Army and the Libyan National Army and on the withdrawal of foreign fighters and mercenaries. nbsp;

Recalling his recent travels to Sudan, Chad and Niger to discuss with the leaders of those countries how to improve conditions for the return of foreign fighters and mercenaries from Libya, he said his interlocutors highlighted challenges, such as porous borders, local and national dynamics in their countries and varying motivations for the presence of these armed elements in Libya.

Turning to the human rights situation, he said “it continues to be tense”.

ISHIKANE KIMIHIRO (Japan), in his capacity as Chair of the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1970 (2011), presented its forty-eighth report, covering the period 17 December 2022 to 18 April 2023, during which it met once in informal consultations on 3 March 2023.nbsp;

Turning to the implementation of the arms embargo measures, he added that the Committee received a written report on a seizure of cargo previously reported and an attempted inspection report from the European Union Naval Force Mediterranean Operation IRINI.

Among others, he also noted a response to a note verbale from Türkiye with further queries on the scope of paragraph 27 of resolution 1973 (2011) and a response to one of three letters from Libya on different aspects of the assets freeze.nbsp;
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