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Haftar discusses with the Speaker of the Libyan Parliament the latest political situation and developments in the country

The Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan Armed Forces, Field Marshal Staff of Khalifa Abu Al-Qasim Haftar, met at the headquarters of the General Command in Al-Rajma, Counselor Aqila Saleh Issa, Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives, and a number of members of the Council; In order to discuss the latest political situation and developments.

Yesterday, Thursday, the United Nations Security Council issued its presidential statement on Libya in a session chaired by France and Tunisia in its capacity as the head of the Arab Group, and it was attended by a high-level presence at the level of foreign ministers and the participation of the head of the interim Libyan government, Abdel Hamid Dabaiba.

He called on the Security Council to hold accountable those who threaten to use force and resort to military solutions, with exceptions to the frozen assets, denouncing the failure to adopt the budget, but it indicated the support of the Electoral Commission nonetheless. In a manner that guarantees the sovereignty and independence of Libya, its territorial integrity and national unity.

The Security Council expressed its support for the Interim Presidential Council and the Interim Government of National Unity as the Government of Libya mandated to lead the country until the presidential and parliamentary national elections on December 24, as stipulated in the road map of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum in Tunis in November 2020 and Resolution 2570, stressing the importance of the freedom of and integrity of inclusive and credible parliamentary and presidential elections and stresses the importance of arrangements to ensure the full, equal and meaningful participation of women and youth.

The Council acknowledged the need to protect women, including those who participate in public spaces, from threats and reprisals, noting the importance of unifying Libyan institutions, of good governance and improving economic performance, including through agreement on a unified budget and rapid agreement on sovereign positions, as laid down in the roadmap.

The Security Council welcomed the completion of the independent audit of the accounts of the Central Bank of Libya, reaffirming its determination to ensure the freezing of assets pursuant to paragraph 17 of resolution 1970 (2011), to be made available at a later stage to the public and for the benefit of the Libyan people, stressing the importance of an inclusive and comprehensive homeland within the process reconciliation.

The Security Council strongly urges the relevant authorities and institutions including the Libyan House of Representatives to take immediate action to clarify the constitutional basis for the elections and to enact legislation as appropriate to allow for national elections and for the High Electoral Commission to have adequate time and resources to prepare for national parliamentary and presidential elections in accordance with the timetable set out in the Roadmap.

The Council reiterated its call for the Political Dialogue Forum to take steps to facilitate elections if necessary, welcoming the efforts of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya to encourage the Forum to develop proposals for a free, fair and inclusive electoral process.

The Security Council noted that the measures provided for in resolution 1970 (2011) as amended by subsequent resolutions also apply to individuals and entities decided by the Commission to participate in or provide support for other actions that threaten the peace, stability or security of Libya or impede success or undermine the completion of its political transition, stressing that Such actions could include obstructing or undermining the elections planned in the Road Map.