NEW YORK, 3rd November, 2015 (WAM) — The United Nations Support Mission in Libya, UNSMIL, has called on the main political stakeholders in the country to redouble their efforts in bringing the political dialogue process to a successful conclusion, which would allow for an agreement to form a Government of National Accord and for the resumption of Libya’s democratic transition.
Libya has been plagued by factional fighting since the 2011 revolution, with the situation continuing to deteriorate in recent months amid significant political fragmentation and violence.
Following broad consultations facilitated by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNSMIL, Bernardino Leon, it was announced in mid-October that a national unity government could be proposed.
In a statement, the mission recalled that immediately after the conclusion of the dialogue, it transmitted the Libyan Political Agreement to the main stakeholders for their endorsement.
“Following this, the mission has undertaken extensive consultations with parties across the Libyan political spectrum on ways of addressing some of the concerns with respect to the configuration of the Presidency Council, especially those related to fair and adequate representation for the east, more specifically Benghazi,” the statement noted.
“These are primarily focused on the need for a formula that safeguards Libya’s historical traditions of geographical and regional balance and representation,” it continued.
Meanwhile, UNSMIL also reiterated that all parties were in consensus regarding the legitimacy of these demands, and the need to expand the configuration of the Presidency Council from six to nine, to include the Prime Minister, five Deputy Prime Ministers, and three senior ministers.