Libyan parties set Dec 16 as date to sign political agreement

    Libyan parties set Dec 16 as date to sign political agreement

    Dec 14, Tripoli: The new United Nations envoy for Libya announced that the parties to the country’s political dialogue process have agreed to set 16 December as the target date to sign the UN-facilitated agreement on forming a national unity government, aiming to bring an end to a crisis that has left nearly 2.4 million Libyans in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.

    Briefing the Security Council via videoconference just after two-day deliberations on the issue wrapped up in Tunis, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Martin Kobler said the talks in the Tunisian capital had culminated in agreement on a number of key points.

    The political settlement should be held on the basis of the Libyan Political Agreement negotiated within the framework of the UNSMIL-facilitated political dialogue and he added that notwithstanding the legitimate concerns by some of the parties regarding some elements of the Libyan Political Agreement, there would be no reopening of the text.

    Kobler said the participants of the political dialogue, numbering up to 40 men and women, decided to publicly announce 16 December as a target date for their signature and lastly, they had unanimously called on all political and security actors to create a conducive environment to enable a future Government of National Accord to assume its responsibilities in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, without threat or intimidation.

    Nearly 2.4 million people require immediate humanitarian assistance, of which 435,000 are estimated to be internally displaced, in addition to several hundred thousand refugees and migrants.

    The forthcoming High-Level Ministerial Conference in Rome hosted by Italy and the United States will provide an opportunity for the international community to speak with a strong and united voice in support of the Libyan Political Agreement.

    “Once the Agreement is signed, we will immediately assist in broadening the basis of support for the new Government which should ultimately based in Tripoli. Through engagement with the militias, political parties, tribal elders, and civil society, we will advocate for acceptance of the Libyan Political Agreement,” said Mr. Kobler.

    The Oslo Times


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