Stéphane Dujarric, the Spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) said the UN does not impose solutions on Libyans. He stated that the Secretary-General succeeded in bringing Libyan parties together.
In press statement, Dujarric noted that the UN plays a major role in Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Ethiopia. “The situation in Libya is very difficult. There have been setbacks and major disagreements recently between the parties,” he said.
“The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, is trying to work for the benefit of the Libyan people. Ofcourse he does not impose solutions, and the Libyans should work for the benefit of their poeple,” he noted.
“We help them, but we are not a colonial power,” he stressed, noting that Libya is a priority for the UN and its Secretary-General.
Dujarric pointed out that the UN faces special challenges with countries that has the veto right, so the Secretary-General of the UN called for reformation for the Security Council.
Last week, Guterres stressed the importance of maintaining peace between eastern and western Libya, ending violence, and expediting elections acceptable to all.
During a press conference at the UN Permanent Headquarters in New York, Guterres said that the cessation of hostilities in Libya is fundamental. He added that it is necessary to reach an agreement between the House of Representatives (HoR) and the High Council of State (HCS), allowing for the legal amendments necessary to hold the elections.
On the other hand, Guterres stressed the need for all external parties involved in the conflict to support the settlement process. He has called on all political actors and institutions in Libya to “exercise responsible leadership in order to prevent worsened long-standing disagreements that could lead to further instability.”
Guterres announced the appointment of former Senegalese Minister and UN diplomat Abdoulaye Bathily to be the new UN Envoy to Libya.