17 LPDF Members Urge UN and Berlin Stakeholders to Intervene to Stop Collapse of Political Process – Al Marsad

17 members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) send a message to the United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, and to the Berlin Conference stakeholders, urging them to intervene to stop developments that threaten the political process. They also demand they change UNSMIL staff due to conflict of interests and relations among its members with political parties, in addition to making Appendix no.13 of the Sanctions Committee Report be made publicly available.

In the message the 17 LPDF members warn of lack of compliance to the agreed Roadmap set by the LPDF and UN Security Council Resolution No. 2570 of 2021 on the mandates of Government of National Unity (GNU) and the Prime Minister to their duties as a sponsor and neutral guarantor of the electoral process and without any interference by them in the electoral process.

The signatories of the letter were Ibtissam Orfi, Hajar Qaid, Abdullah Othman, Abu Bakr Misbah, Al-Ojaili al-Hasnawi, Al-Sayida al-Yaqoubi, Azza al-Seid, Mohamed Abu Aguila, Misbah Doma, Zahra Langhi, Wafia Saif al-Nasr, Ahmed al-Sharkasi, Youssef Ferjani, Salwa al-Dagili, Ramadan al-Senussi, Amal Bugaighis, and Abdul Aziz Dagman.

GNU AND PRESIDENTIAL COUNCIL FAILED TO STICK TO ROADMAP

The letter highlighted that the Presidential Council also failed to to comply with its mandate as set out by the LPDF Roadmap, on top of which is sponsoring the National Reconciliation process. It said that in the interim phase the various opposition parties in Libya should by now already have agreed on a national charter to accept elections results.

The LPDF members drew attention to how the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy ignored several invitations to convene the LPDF according to what the Roadmap stipulated in the sixth, seventh and ninth paragraphs of section (C), Article (4), and as per the Forum’s mechanism through regular and urgent meetings—to ensure the follow up of preparatory phase compliance with the Roadmap.

UN FAILED TO FACILITATE LPDF MEETINGS

The message stated that because the UN did not act as a mediator and facilitated regular LPDF sessions, the Roadmap was thereby not fully implemented, and the interim executive authorities (meaning, the Presidential Council and GNU) were not committed to its goals, resulting in the division among political parties.

The letter said that this cast doubt on “the efforts of the political process and its conflict with the Roadmap and relevant Security Council resolutions.” In addition, there are serious and swift developments threatening Libya’s unity, peace and stability, and which consequently oppose the democratic path through holding the elections as scheduled.

They called for the necessity to intervene and correct the path of the political process path sponsored by the UN, and which is represented by its mission to Libya (UNSMIL), warning that it is was about to collapse. The letter demands the UN and the Berlin Conference stakeholders ensure full Roadmap implementation, especially the preparatory phase of a comprehensive solution.

The LPDF members pointed out that the the Berlin conferences were designed to create suitable circumstances for a political process led by Libyans to stop hostilities and bring lasting peace. It pointed out that the Berlin conference outcomes and outputs affirmed the resumption of a comprehensive political process led by Libyans, under the auspices of UNSMIL. It had also guaranteed constructive UN involvement in order to set a path for ending the transitional phase through holding free, transparent, inclusive and credible Presidential and Parliamentary elections organized by an independent and effective Election Commission (HNEC).

The letter also touched upon UN Security Council resolutions on Libya, Nos. 2510, 2571 and 2570, which affirmed the Security Council’s commitment to the political process led by Libyans and facilitated by UN, and which supported holding the national Parliamentary and Presidential elections on24 December 2021, and as specified in the Roadmap that emerged from the LPDF.

It argued that this raises national responsibility in following up the implementation of the Roadmap implementation and success for the preparatory phase as agreed in November 2020. This, said the letter, corresponded to the aspirations of the Libyan people—to transform Libya into a state of law and legitimate institutions through free and transparent elections on the 24 December 2021.

UN MOST STOP ALL ATTEMPTS TO DESTROY ELECTIONS

Members stated that relentless attempts to delay, ruin and destroy the elections, must be stopped by the UN in order to protect the political process and preparatory phase goals. The election was and is still a critical goal to enhance political legitimacy in Libya.

The members stressed the necessity of convening the Berlin political group, and the importance of resuming the political track, while urging the Libyan parties to resort to calm, preserve the ceasefire agreement, respect the political process, so it won’t collapse.

APPENDIX NO 13 MUST BE PUBLISHED

They commended António Guterres’s appointment of Stephanie Williams as the UN mission advisor and called for changing the mission staff promptly due to conflict of interests and for their direct relation with conflict parties. They also urged that Appendix no.13 of the Sanctions Committee Report be made publicly available, and to resume the political path, after restructuring it.

They expressed their hope in the UN and Berlin stakeholders to shoulder the responsibility along with the LPDF in order “to finish what we have started and achieve the desired stability and peace through Parliamentary and Presidential elections.”

© ALMARSAD ENGLISH (2021)