On Saturday, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) confirmed that it has not published any proposed plan aimed at addressing the political crisis in Libya.
In a statement, UNSMIL confirmed that it continues to actively work with all actors to identify a Libyan-led way forward.
“UNSMIL is aware of the documents circulated on social media purporting to represent Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, Abdoulaye Bathil’s plan to address the political impasse in Libya.
“All announcements will be published on UNSMIL’s official social media channels and website,” UNSMIL confirmed.
UNSMIL called on Libyan rivals to refrain from any actions that could threaten the “fragile stability” in the country.
Notably, UNSMIL recently denied reports about supporting the formation of a new government in the war-torn country.
“UNSMIL notes false online reports that Bathily plans to announce a new roadmap, including a new government,” the mission said in a statement.
“This sort of fake news is aimed at generating confusion about the current political process and in particular the role of UNSMIL which is not to impose but to support a Libyan-Libyan solution,” it added.
UNSMIL called on all parties “to refrain from any actions that could threaten Libya’s fragile stability, including spreading misleading and unfounded information.”
Bathily “stresses that any roadmap should be designed through inclusive dialogue among Libyan stakeholders acting in full respect of the rights, interests, and aspirations of all Libyan people to be governed by legitimate leadership and institutions,” the statement said.
Oil-rich Libya has remained in turmoil since 2011 when longtime ruler Moammar Gaddafi was ousted after four decades in power.
The current stalemate grew out of the failure to hold elections in December, and the refusal of Prime Minister Abdelhamid Dbaiba, who is leading the transitional government, to step down. In response, the country’s eastern-based Parliament appointed a rival Prime Minister, Fathi Bashagha, who has for months sought to install his government in Tripoli.