Libya.. canceling the Zintan meeting for logistical reasons and UN demands for answers to frustrations
After news was raised about an upcoming meeting between the Speakers of Parliament and the “Supreme Council of the State” in Zintan to resolve the Libyan crisis, the United Nations entered the line.
And the Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, Aguila Saleh, confirmed, a few days ago, that the issue of sovereign positions will be resolved within days, indicating that he will meet with the head of what is known as the “Supreme Council of the State” Khaled Al-Mashri, in the presence of the United Nations envoy, Abdullah Batili.
After these statements, the name of the city of Zintan was put forward to host the upcoming meeting, which was scheduled for Sunday, but its dean stipulated the approval of the outgoing national unity government headed by Abdul Hameed al-Dabaiba on the meeting, before it was held.
And while the municipality of Zintan set the condition for al-Dabaiba’s approval, the UN mission in Libya announced, in a statement, a copy of which was seen by Al-Ain news, the cancellation of the “important” meeting to resume the political dialogue between the House of Representatives and what is known as the “higher state” in the city of Zintan, for logistical reasons. “Beyond our control.”
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Abdullah Batili, said: “I am pleased with the news of the agreement of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aguila Saleh, and the President of the High Council of State, Khaled Al-Mishri, to hold a meeting under the auspices of the United Nations in the city of Zintan on December 4. This December, for the sole purpose of activating a process leading to holding elections, including completing the constitutional framework.
The most suitable place
And while he said that most of the meetings between the active Libyan parties should be held on Libyan soil, as it is the most suitable place for consultations between citizens at all levels, he urged the House of Representatives and the “Supreme Council of the State” to agree on a place and date acceptable to the two parties to hold their meeting, which should come out with concrete and implementable proposals. And with specific time frames to find a consensual way out of this crisis.
He called on all Libyans from all walks of life and from all regions of Libya, as well as public institutions, including the Presidential Council, judicial and security institutions, to make their voices heard and express their views and concerns through democratic and transparent procedures in a concerted effort to end the current impasse. The people of Libya deserve the opportunity to vote and choose their future leaders.
Answers to frustrations
Batelli reaffirmed the United Nations’ readiness to “exercise its good offices to ensure the success of this meeting, which must provide answers to growing frustrations, meet the aspirations of the more than 2.8 million voters registered to vote, and aspire to legitimize the future leaders and institutions of this country.”
And the mayor of Zintan municipality, Omran Al-Amani, said in statements to local media, that the United Nations Support Mission in Libya contacted them about hosting the meeting of Aqeela Saleh and Khaled Al-Mashri, indicating that the local authorities in the city are ready to host the meeting, subject to the approval of the Ministry of Local Government in the unity government. outgoing national.