UN Under-Secertary-General Rosemary DiCarlo briefing the Council. File photo
Rosemary DiCarlo told the UN Security Council that during talks in Cairo from June 12-20 the rivals reached "a broad consensus on most of the contentious articles” in the proposed 2017 constitution, which she called "commendable.”
Oil-rich Libya has been wrecked by conflict since a NATO-backed uprising toppled and killed longtime dictator Moammar Qadhafi in 2011. Rival administrations, one in the east, backed by military commander Khalifa Hifter, and a UN-supported administration in the capital of Tripoli then split the country. Different militias and foreign powers support each side.
The Cairo meeting was the first to see Libya’s east-based parliament, the House of Representatives, and west-based High Council of State in Tripoli engage in "a serious review” of the constitutional proposal since its adoption in 2017, DiCarlo said.
Libya’s rival factions are active in their areas.
"We are encouraged that the leaders of both chambers have accepted the invitation of (UN) special adviser Stephanie Williams to meet in Geneva from June 28-29 to discuss and reach agreement on the measures governing the transitional period leading to elections,” she said.
DiCarlo urged the Security Council’s 15 member nations and all of Libya’s international partners "to call on the leadership of the two chambers to seize the opportunity presented by the agreement reached in Cairo” and "make elections happens.”
Libya’s plan for elections last Dec. 24 fell through after the interim administration based in Tripoli, headed by Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, failed to go ahead with the vote. The failure was a major blow to international efforts to end a decade of chaos in Libya.
Dbeibah refused to step down, raising questions over his mandate. In response, the country’s east-based lawmakers elected a rival prime minister, Fathy Bashagha, a powerful former interior minister who is now operating a separate administration out of the city of Sirte.
Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah addresses a press conference. File photo
The rival administrations are now claiming power, after tentative steps toward unity last year.
DiCarlo called for national reconciliation efforts, warning that "continued political divisions are contributing to a tense security environment in and around Tripoli.”
The issue of Libya’s chief executive has not been resolved and she warned that as armed group position themselves to support Debebah or Bashagha "the risk of escalation increases.”
After the recent Cairo meeting, Libyan media reports claimed that the main contested topic was the criteria for a presidential candidacy.
According to the reports, the Tripoli-based council insisted on banning military personal from running for the country’s top post - apparently a move directed at Hifter, a divisive military leader who announced his bid to run in December's elections, while the east-based lawmakers called for allowing military personnel to run.
The talks, which stared on June 12, had sought to establish a constitutional framework for elections in Libya, but the two sides failed to agree on "the measures governing the transitional period” leading to the vote, William said in a statement.
The UN Security Council will hold urgent closed-door consultations on Wednesday on the crisis in Libya, where fighting has derailed UN-led efforts to prepare for elections.
Fierce fighting for control of Libya’s capital that has already displaced tens of thousands of people threatens to bring a further worsening of humanitarian conditions, a senior UN official has warned.
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