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English  |  العربية 07:48:34, Tuesday, 23 May 2017


Leon Strongly Condemns Shahat Explosions: We will Continue Our Efforts to End Libya’s Crisis

10 November 2014 - On Sunday 09 November, I embarked on another mission in Libya, to continue the consultations with the Libyan stakeholders on the way forward and how to put the political transition back on track.

I met in al-Baida on Sunday with the Chairman of the Constitution-Drafting Assembly (CDA), Dr. Ali Tarhouni, for an update on the CDA’s work and to discuss UN technical assistance.

I also met with Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni in Shahat to hear his views on the latest developments in the country, including efforts to agree on a ceasefire to alleviate the suffering of the Libyan population in the east and in the west and ways to move forward with the political dialogue.

Regrettably, two explosions nearby interrupted our meeting. No one from either delegation was hurt. I strongly condemn this cowardly act, and I take this opportunity to reiterate our commitment to continue with our efforts towards a peaceful resolution of the current crisis.

I am not in a position to pass judgment on the apparent motive or the target behind the attack, but I can assure everyone that such attack will not in any way have any impact on our work, nor will it prevent us from carrying on with the tasks mandated by the Security Council. On the contrary, it will make us more determined to push for solutions to Libya’s crisis around which there is consensus, and would pave the way to a return to an inclusive political process.
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) will also continue its efforts to assist the Libyans overcome the challenges facing their democratic transition and the building of a modern state with strong institutions based on respect for human rights and rule of law.

In the meantime, we continue to urge all parties to put the high national interest above all considerations and take no action that would further complicate the situation. We call on all to make greater efforts to work collaboratively to find consensual solutions that safeguard Libya’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and uphold the country’s democratic transition for which the Libyan people have made huge sacrifices.

The United Nations is impartial and neutral in its approach and wants the best solutions for the Libyans, but it is for the Libyans themselves to come up with these solutions and we will assist in every way we can. Our work will always be guided by full respect for Libya’s sovereignty, national unity and territorial integrity.

I, and the UNSMIL team, remain dedicated to this endeavor until an agreement among Libyans based on consensus is reached and until peace and stability are restored to the country. In this regard, it is my intention to continue with my mediation efforts, and will be traveling to Tobruk and Tripoli for further consultations before putting a proposal on the way forward.
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