Panafrican News Agency

LAS reiterates support for the Libyan roadmap adopted by the LPDF

Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Council of Ministers of the League of Arab States (LAS) has reaffirmed its support for the roadmap agreed at the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF), and for the efforts of the National Unity Government and the Presidential Council to hold general elections on December 24.

This stance was expressed in a statement issued at the end of the 156th session of the LAS Council of Ministers, held on Thursday in Cairo, Egypt. The session discussed a number of key issues, including developments in Libya.

According to the statement, the Council reiterated the importance of ensuring the safety and security of oil facilities and establishing a fair and transparent mechanism for the distribution of their revenues, stressing the need to expedite the completion of the unified budget and its approval by the House of Representatives (Parliament).

It also stressed the rejection and condemnation of all crimes and violations committed against civilians and civilian facilities of any kind, including the mass graves discovered in some cities.

The Arab foreign ministers reaffirmed the commitment to the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Libya and the rejection of all kinds of external interference.

The meeting also stressed full support for the roadmap for the preliminary phase of a comprehensive solution approved by the LPDF at its meeting held from 7-15 November 2020 in the Tunisian capital, Tunis under the auspices of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to achieve the parliamentary and presidential elections on an agreed constitutional basis.

They welcomed the agreement of the Forum participants to set December 24, 2021 as the date for holding the elections, and what it represents as a real opportunity for Libyans to end the transitional phase, and to hold on to the spirit of the Skhirat Political Agreement under the supervision of the United Nations.

They stressed full support for the new Unified Authority represented by the Presidential Council and the Government of National Unity in its tasks stipulated in the roadmap for the preliminary phase, and support for the Government to achieve the parliamentary and presidential elections on the agreed date of December 24.

The LAS Executive Council has signalled support for the Libya Stability Initiative to implement Security Council resolutions 2570 and 2571 and the results of the Berlin Conference (1) and (2), and indicated coordinating efforts by holding consultative meetings prior to future deadlines requested by the Libyan government.

The Foreign Ministers urged the relevant Libyan institutions to take the necessary steps to clarify the constitutional basis for the elections and to enact the necessary laws to enable the High Electoral Commission to obtain financial resources and sufficient time to prepare the parliamentary and presidential elections, underlining the importance of free and fair elections and ensuring full participation of Libyans.

They commended the efforts of the Joint Military Commission (5+5), which led to the ceasefire agreement, and what has been achieved, including the announcement of the opening of the coastal road.

They stressed the importance of completing other measures, including the release of detainees, demining and unification of security institutions under the authority of the Presidential Council and the Government of National Unity, as well as the demand, once again, for the departure of all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libyan territory, which will allow the Government of National Unity to complete the constitutional agendas within the agreed time.

Participants in the meeting of the Council of the LAS stressed, once again, the need to ensure the security and safety of oil facilities, and the need for Libyans to agree on a mechanism to ensure fairness and transparency in the distribution of its revenues, pointing to the need and urgency of approval by the House of Representatives, in the context of completing the economic reforms.

They stressed the rejection and condemnation of all crimes and violations committed against civilians and civilian facilities, whoever the perpetrators are at any time and place on Libyan soil. This includes mass graves. They urged the competent Libyan authorities to carry out investigations in a comprehensive and transparent manner in order to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The statement emphasized the right of the Libyan State to keep its money and assets in foreign banks and all assets, so as to ensure that the Libyan people benefit from them in coordination with the Government of National Unity.

It reminded the Security Council of its commitment to preserve the funds of the Libyan people and not to allow these funds to be infringed upon by any party, in accordance with Resolution No. 19770 and Resolution No. 19773.

The document expressed full support of the Council of the Arab League for the efforts of the Special Envoy and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya to resolve the Libyan crisis through the LPDF and in accordance with the results of the Berlin (1) and Berlin (2) conferences and the Security Council Resolution No. 2510 and the Libyan Political Agreement as the general framework for a political solution.

The meeting participants praised the role of Libya's  neighbours (Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco) in hosting the dialogue sessions in support of the peace process sponsored by the UNSMIL in its three tracks: political, economic and military.

They also stressed the central and essential role of Libya's neighbouring countries, commending Algeria's efforts to host the meeting of foreign ministers of Libya's neighbouring countries on August 30-31.

The foreign ministers stressed the essential role of the LAS in strengthening consultation and coordination among member states, with the aim of reaching a comprehensive political settlement of the Libyan crisis, and in continuing the existing effort within the framework of the Quartet and coordinating with other partners concerned with the Libyan issue, in particular the African and European Unions.

They agreed to request the LAS Secretary-General to follow up on the implementation of this resolution and to submit a report to the Council in this regard, as well as to continue his contacts and consultations with the representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and with the various Libyan parties.
-0- PANA BY/IS/MTA/AR 10Sept2021