On Saturday, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) revealed the outcomes of the meeting held by the Political Working Group (PWG) of the International Follow-up Committee on Libya (IFCL). This working group’s objective was to review the progress achieved in the Libyan political track, also known as the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF). The PWG members also discussed how participants of the Berlin process can further support this progress.
In a statement published on its official website, UNSMIL announced that the PWG Co-Chairs welcomed the successful conclusion of the meeting of the LPDF in Tunis on 15 November.
UNSMIL added that the PWG Co-Chairs explained that the LPDF has resulted in three outcome documents: the Roadmap for the Preparatory Phase of a Comprehensive Solution, the Chapter on Eligibility for Candidacy for the Executive Authority and the Chapter on Unified Executive Authority. This opens the way for a Libyan-led and Libyan-owned process towards holding presidential and parliamentary elections and a reunified and fully sovereign Libya, free of all forms of foreign military intervention and external interference.
According to the statement, the PWG called on all Libyan stakeholders to support the outcomes of the political dialogue as a first step towards the restoration of a unified and legitimate executive authority.
The PWG also encouraged all participants of the LPDF to now swiftly agree, under the auspices of UNSMIL, on the modalities that would allow for the establishment of the restructured Presidential Council and the new Government of National Unity.
The PWG called on all stakeholders to ensure the integrity of the LPDF process. The working group also called for the exercise of moderation in public statements and to refrain from hate speech or escalatory rhetoric.
They also praised the important role of neighbouring countries and regional organisations, as well as the importance of harmonised, coordinated and strengthened international efforts to facilitate the implementation of the Libyan Roadmap. This international support is particularly crucial in regards to the progress of the constitutional track and the electoral process.
The PWG also emphasized the interdependence of the political, security and economic tracks in addition to the respect of human rights and international humanitarian law.
It noted that progress on the political track can contribute to further consolidate the implementation of the ceasefire agreement. It added that this consolidation could ease recent tensions with regard to economic governance and the equitable usage of oil export revenues.