ASG/Mission Coordinator, Raisedon Zenenga, continues his contacts with the various spectrums of Libyan society
TRIPOLI, 20 May 2021 - As part of his ongoing engagement with Libyan stakeholders from all sectors of society, Assistant Secretary-General and UNSMIL Coordinator Raisedon Zenenga held consultations today through video conference with a diverse group of representatives of more than 15 political parties from various backgrounds and affiliations. Participants unanimously stressed the need to break the endless cycle of transitions and for all relevant authorities and institutions in Libya to prioritize the holding of elections on 24 December 2021 as scheduled.
They called on the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum and the House of Representatives and the High Council of State to fulfill their responsibilities to clarify the constitutional basis for elections before 1 July. They outlined steps needed to create a conducive environment for elections, including providing the necessary space for political parties and movements, ensuring freedom and security for political activities for citizens across all regions, enabling meaningful participation and representation of women and youth, and putting in place a binding charter that will guarantee acceptance of election results by all.
They also identified as priorities the reunification of the country and its institutions, progress on national reconciliation and fighting corruption, and the immediate departure of foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya.
ASG Zenenga welcomed this first of many opportunities to hear the views and recommendations of political parties and movements on Libya’s national priorities and commended the common ground and spirit of dialogue demonstrated by the participants.