UN calls on Libya’s actors to cease alienating, inflammatory rhetoric

NEW YORK, The UN has called on all Libya’s actors to avoid obstruction, incitement and inflammatory and alienating rhetoric, stressing that Libyan people hope for unifying their institutions as soon as possible.

This came in a briefing by Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Ghassan Salame during a Security Council session on Libya on Wednesday.

Salame said that the situation in Libya is at a crucial juncture, with the Mission working to prevent recent tensions from escalating.

He highlighted some positive developments that will lead to the end of the transitional period including the move of the National High Electoral Commission to its new safe headquarters, the African Union’s support for the United Nations Action Plan, and the holding of the National Conference due on April 14-16.

The conference is a crucial opportunity to end the eight-year transitional period, he said, adding that the Mission is working with many parties towards an inclusive political process. “If the opportunity presented by the National Conference is not seized, then we will be faced with only two possible options: prolonged stalemate or conflict,” he said.

The National Conference is an opportunity for all parties to put aside differences for the good of the country, to unite, to avoid war and to choose a path of peace and prosperity, Salame stressed.

Participants will choose whether to endorse the National Charter that resulted from the National Conference consultative process and chart a road map to conclude the transitional period with either simultaneous parliamentary and presidential elections or through phased elections, he explained. The envoy called on the international community to put the interests of the Libyan people first and to act with commitment and sincerity to pressure all parties to avoid conflict and conclude a formula to end Libya’s transitional period.

Source: Kuwait News Agency