Former UN Envoy Praises UN-Sponsored Tracks to Resolve Libyan Crisis


On Monday, the former UN Envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame said that the three tracks sponsered by the UN in Libya were going well and represent a promising sign of optimism. The three official tracks focus on economic, political, and security issues, with simultaneous meetings being held on each basis.

In an interview with US-based “Al-Hurra channel”, Salame said that the Libyan people will be able to choose new leaders in the elections scheduled for 24 December 2021. He pointed out that the Libyan parties and several countries intervening in Libya have reached the conclusion that there is no military solution to the crisis.

Salame also hailed the outcomes reached during the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) that was held in Tunisia last week. He described them as great progress compared to the complexity of the crisis over the past few years. The second round of the LPDF began on Monday via video conference, according to a statement by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

The meeting aims to reach a consensus for selecting the new members of the Presidential Council and the national unity government. It also aims to reach an agreement on the names of individuals who will assume leadership posts in state institutions.

“The meeting aims at reaching a comprehensive political agreement to end the crisis,” UNSMIL said last week. Acting SRSG and Head of UNSMIL Stephanie Williams has called on Libyan officials and the Libyan people not to allow “those who insist and fight by all means to keep the situation as it is, and to steal this opportunity from the Libyans”.