UNSC members renew call for political solution in Libya

UNSC members renew call for political solution in Libya

July 26, 2022 - 17:54
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

A Security Council session on Monday to discuss the Libyan developments ended with no breakthrough in substance as member states renewed calls for ending violence and finding solutions to the political stalemate.

The UK representative Barbara Woodward expressed her country's concern over the recent clashes in Tripoli and Misrata, saying that such events, including the demonstrations that preceded them, stress the urgent need for a comprehensive political process under Libyan leadership.

The US delegate said that demobilizing militias and the expulsion of mercenaries is the most effective mechanism to reduce violence, as he referred to the Russian Wagner Group, describing it as having "taken Libya as its base."

France also warned that the current situation in Libya entails many risks in light of the militias' influence.

The oil file was also a debate in Monday's session as the UK urged that state institutions such as the National Oil Corporation be shielded from political maneuvers.

Woodward expressed her country’s resentment over the Government of National Unity's step to change the institution’s board of directors, saying that the people’s need to resume oil production should not come at the cost of the integrity and sovereignty of the Corporation.

For its part, the US said that using oil revenues to support mercenaries and increase the military presence in the cities is a destabilizing factor, while Russia considered the Western countries' rush to resume oil production in Libya as evidence that the political settlement comes in second place after their commercial interests.

The members' agenda also focused on the electoral process, including the laws governing the elections and the government overseeing the process.

The US representative expressed his regret that the presidents of the House of Representatives (HoR) and the High Council of State (HCS) failed to agree on the presidential election rules and urged all parties to put their interests aside and implement a plan to hold elections in line with the Geneva road map.

He also cautioned against the reverse efforts to unify Libya's central bank and expressed concern about the attempts of the east-based parallel CBL to print a new currency.

France, meanwhile, stressed the need for a unified government to safeguard an electoral process throughout Libya, while Russia's delegate described the failure of the two chambers, the HoR and the HCS, to reach a final agreement on the constitutional path as unfortunate.