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To resume the dialogue.. Will international pressure be a new engine for the Libyan stillness?

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To resume the dialogue.. Will international pressure be a new engine for the Libyan stillness?

The UN Security Council stressed, on Wednesday, the need to end the crisis of the constitutional basis in Libya to hold the elections that have been postponed for more than a year.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the council stressed the importance of advancing the file of demobilizing militias and groups, disarming them, and reforming the security sector, as agreed upon by the “5 + 5” military committee.

The Security Council statement came after the UN envoy to Libya, Abdullah Bathily, called during his briefing on Saturday to put international pressure on the country’s political leadership regarding the urgent need to reach a constitutional rule to be agreed upon between the Speakers of the House of Representatives and the Supreme Council of State.

Two Libyan experts stress the importance of international pressure on Libyan officials, all the way to the elections, especially since some are procrastinating to remain in office despite the end of their term years ago.

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The Libyan political expert, Muhammad Saleh Al-Lafi, said that the Libyan people have despaired of officials and the continuous procrastination that does not lead to elections, because some of them do not want to reach the elections and want to remain in office despite the end of their term years ago.

And he continued in statements to “Al-Ain news” that this international pressure must be exerted, and that any progress in the Libyan file must pass through this pressure, which is what preceded and prompted the Libyans to accept the cease-fire and go to political dialogue and a unified government and presidential council.

He added that a positive international role is welcome as long as it conforms to the desire of the Libyan people and is consistent with international norms, covenants and decisions, including the postponed elections that were supposed to take place on December 24, 2021.

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Libyan political and human rights expert Abdullah Al-Khafifi agrees on the importance of international pressure on the parties that impede the conduct of elections or the course of negotiations, led by the State Council, which halted the course of negotiation on the constitutional basis for flimsy reasons, to prolong the crisis from which it benefits.

He added in statements to “Al-Ain news” that the international map for the elections failed with the expiration of the dream of December 24, 2021, explaining that the House of Representatives took the initiative with the State Council, and therefore, if this path is obstructed, a new international map may be resorted to that may exclude some parties. From the scene, so the mere threat of international pressure will bear fruit and move the stagnant political waters.

He pointed out that the majority of the international tracks faltered, and the elections were not held, and the country returned to political division, and the Central Bank’s efforts to unify it have stalled, and the constitutional rule has not witnessed progress for months, but rather the State Council is intransigent and pretexts to stop the dialogue.

Likewise, the security file suffers from obstacles, despite the agreement of the Libyan military among themselves on its most important principles, which are dissolving the militias, disarming them, and removing mercenaries and foreign forces, all of which have not been completed.

He concluded that the international position, visions and approaches to a solution in Libya must be unified to form a public opinion and a unified international decision that will press for a solution to the Libyan crisis, otherwise it will remain stagnant or advance in one track and lag behind in another.

Libyan welcome

The Security Council statement was welcomed by Libya, as Fathi Bashagha, the Prime Minister-designate of the House of Representatives, announced that the statement would be followed up with interest, appreciating the Council’s continued commitment to support the unity and independence of his country, as well as the strong commitment to organizing fair and independent presidential and parliamentary elections.

He welcomed the statement’s call for the urgent need to launch a comprehensive national dialogue in which all segments of Libyan society participate, and aims to form a government capable of working throughout the country that represents all the Libyan people.

Libya is witnessing a political crisis, represented in a power struggle between a government appointed by the Libyan House of Representatives headed by Fathi Bashagha, based in the east of the country, and the outgoing national unity government headed by Abdul Hamid al-Dabaiba, who refuses to hand over power.

The United Nations is making efforts to resolve this crisis through an initiative under which a joint committee was formed seeking to agree on a constitutional basis that would lead the country to elections that would renew the legitimacy of the current bodies and end the long-running transitional period.

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