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The United Nations top official in Libya said that the people of Libya “want to end the successive interim arrangements and have a strong desire for an elected and legitimate leadership to govern the country.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 22 AUGUST 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

22 AUGUST 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Representative of Libya
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdoulaye Bathily, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL):
“This visit, like the previous ones, demonstrated that the people of Libya want to end the successive interim arrangements and have a strong desire for an elected and legitimate leadership to govern the country.”
5. Wide shot, Council
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdoulaye Bathily, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL):
“Libyan National Army Commander Khalifa Haftar shared with me, in writing, his own concerns about the draft laws, as did HoR Speaker Agila Saleh. All Libyan leaders have agreed in principle to the amendment of these drafts. I am pleased to report that the President of the Presidency Council informed me of his intention to convene the leaders of the two Chambers to finetune the draft electoral laws, in light of the comments of key stakeholders.”
7. Wide shot, Council
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdoulaye Bathily, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL):
“I urge the two chambers and the 6+6 Committee to resume work and finalise the electoral laws to make them implementable so as to draw a reasonable timeline for elections. Our effort to facilitate a settlement over the politically contested issues between Libya’s main stakeholders intensified.”
9. Med shot, Council
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdoulaye Bathily, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL):
“I remain concerned about human rights violations, including abductions, arbitrary arrests, and disappearances in the East and West. I reinforce my call for an immediate halt to these practices, release of persons arbitrarily detained, and independent investigations. I note the recent partial access of UNSMIL to a detention centre in Tripoli and call for more consistent access to places of detention throughout the country.”
11. Med shot, Council
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdoulaye Bathily, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL):
“I remain concerned about the serious humanitarian and human rights situation of migrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers at the Tunisia Libya border. While I note the recent agreement of the Tunisian and Libyan authorities to relocate several hundred individuals, people continue to be pushed across the border in remote desert areas, facing dire conditions with no access to food and water. I call for an end to expulsions and urge Tunisian and Libyan authorities to ensure people are sent to safe locations, and to allow the UN and partners humanitarian access to all locations.”
13. Wide shot, Council
14. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Taher M. T. Elsonni, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Libya:
“The Libyan people are asking the State Council and the House of Representatives to demonstrate political will and to shoulder the historical responsibility because the problem in Libya is not a legal one, but a political one.”
15. Zoom out, end of meeting
16. Pan left, Abdoulaye Bathily at the SC stakeout
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdoulaye Bathily, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL):
“When the crisis in Sudan erupted again, we were very concerned about the spillover effect on Libya. So far, we do not detect really big spillover in terms of influx of refugees or asylum seekers, etc. However, we are concerned now about the situation in Chad. As you know, those armed groups who are in Libya, are attempting to take advantage of a vacuum in the border area between Sudan and Libya, of course, to reactivate their, what I call, business. Unfortunately, we have seen two or three days ago, Chadian army had clashes with one of the armed groups.”
18. Med shot, Abdoulaye Bathily at the SC stakeout
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdoulaye Bathily, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL):
“The destabilization of Niger also will have undoubtedly consequences on Libya and vice versa. So we are really very concerned about the development in the Sahel in general and, of course, in Sudan.”
20. Pan right, Abdoulaye Bathily walks away

STORYLINE:

The United Nations top official in Libya said that the people of Libya “want to end the successive interim arrangements and have a strong desire for an elected and legitimate leadership to govern the country.”

Briefing the Security Council today (22 Aug) in New York, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Abdoulaye Bathily, said, “Libyan National Army Commander Khalifa Haftar shared with me, in writing, his own concerns about the draft laws, as did HoR Speaker Agila Saleh. All Libyan leaders have agreed in principle to the amendment of these drafts.”

He continued, “I am pleased to report that the President of the Presidency Council informed me of his intention to convene the leaders of the two Chambers to finetune the draft electoral laws, in light of the comments of key stakeholders.”

The Special Representative for Libya urged the two chambers and the 6+6 Committee “to resume work and finalise the electoral laws to make them implementable so as to draw a reasonable timeline for elections.”

He said, “our effort to facilitate a settlement over the politically contested issues between Libya’s main stakeholders intensified.”

UNSMIL’s chief noted, “I remain concerned about human rights violations, including abductions, arbitrary arrests, and disappearances in the East and West. I reinforce my call for an immediate halt to these practices, release of persons arbitrarily detained, and independent investigations.”

He also said, “I note the recent partial access of UNSMIL to a detention centre in Tripoli and call for more consistent access to places of detention throughout the country.”

Abdoulaye Bathily added, “I remain concerned about the serious humanitarian and human rights situation of migrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers at the Tunisia Libya border. While I note the recent agreement of the Tunisian and Libyan authorities to relocate several hundred individuals, people continue to be pushed across the border in remote desert areas, facing dire conditions with no access to food and water.”

He called for “an end to expulsions and urge Tunisian and Libyan authorities to ensure people are sent to safe locations, and to allow the UN and partners humanitarian access to all locations.”

Libya’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Taher M. T. Elsonni, also briefed the Council today.

He said, “the Libyan people are asking the State Council and the House of Representatives to demonstrate political will and to shoulder the historical responsibility because the problem in Libya is not a legal one, but a political one.”

After the meeting, the Special Representative for Libya spoke to reporters outside the Council. He said, “when the crisis in Sudan erupted again, we were very concerned about the spillover effect on Libya. So far, we do not detect really big spillover in terms of influx of refugees or asylum seekers, etc. However, we are concerned now about the situation in Chad.”

He continued, “As you know, those armed groups who are in Libya, are attempting to take advantage of a vacuum in the border area between Sudan and Libya, of course, to reactivate their, what I call, business. Unfortunately, we have seen two or three days ago, Chadian army had clashes with one of the armed groups.”

UNSMIL’s chief concluded, “The destabilization of Niger also will have undoubtedly consequences on Libya and vice versa. So we are really very concerned about the development in the Sahel in general and, of course, in Sudan.”
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