Special Envoy mobilizes national and international support to advance the three-track Libyan-led/owned dialogue process

2 Mar 2021

Special Envoy mobilizes national and international support to advance the three-track Libyan-led/owned dialogue process

GENEVA, 02 March 2021 – On 25 February the Special Envoy (SE) of the UN Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMI) Jan Kubis briefed the Senior Official Meeting (SOM) of the International Follow-Up Committee on Libya (IFCL) about the progress made in the three-track dialogue and on the ongoing UN efforts to advance the implementation of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) Roadmap.

Participants in the International Follow-Up Committee on Libya reaffirm their countries’ full support to UNSMIL and its leadership in facilitating the international efforts to help Libyans find solutions to their problems, made in Libya. They stressed the need to maintain the momentum of the Libyan political process and advance the formation of an inclusive, unified, interim government and its endorsement by the House of Representatives (HoR). They also stressed the need for inclusive national elections on 24 December 2021.

The International Follow-up Committee renewed its support to the (5+5) Joint Military Commission in driving the implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement signed on 23 October 2020.

The Special Envoy stressed the importance for the international community to live up to its commitments, including through the withdrawal of foreign fighters and mercenaries, and the respect for the UN Arms Embargo and the Libyan sovereignty.

Special Envoy Jan Kubis also attended the Political Working Group (PWG) of the Berlin process.  The session featured a briefing by the PC President-designate, Mohammed Menfi, and Prime Minister-designate, Abdulhamid al-Dabaiba.

The Special Envoy held separate telephone conversations with the PM-designate al-Dabaiba and with the Speaker of the House of Representatives Mr. Agila Saleh. He stressed the importance of moving forward with the holding of a formal HoR session on 8 March to consider the vote of confidence to the Cabinet to be proposed by the Prime-Minister designate. He also encouraged the PM-designate to present the line-up of the government without further delay.

Over the course of the past few days, Mr. Kubis continued his efforts to mobilise regional and international support to the Libyan-owned, Libyan-led dialogue process in its three tracks, security and military, political and financial and economic seeking to accelerate the implementation of the LPDF Roadmap and the ceasefire agreement. The Special Envoy paid visits to Italy and Turkey where he met, among others, with the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Luigi Di Maio, and the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.

He also consulted with a number of regional and international partners, including Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Mr. Nikos Dendias; Minister of Foreign Affairs of Morocco Mr. Nasser Burita; Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia, Mr. Nickolay Bogdanov; Germany’s Foreign Policy Advisor of Chancellor Merckel, Dr. Jan Hecker; Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, Mr. Nazih Naggary, and Mr. Mohammed Abubaker; Deputy Secretary-General of NATO, Mr. Mircea Geoană; Special Envoy, Mr. Frederic Desagneaux of France; and the UAE Ambassador to Libya, Mr. Salem al-Zabi.