GENEVA: Participants in the Libyan dialogue hosted by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) concluded two days of intensive discussions at the Palais des Nations in Geneva aimed at finding ways to end their country’s political, security and institutional crisis.
They expressed their unequivocal commitment to a united and democratic Libya governed by the rule of law and respect for human rights.
The talks were constructive and conducted in a positive atmosphere, and reflected the participants’ sincere commitment to reach common ground.
The participants agreed after extensive deliberation on an agenda that includes reaching a political agreement to form a consensual national unity government and the necessary security arrangements to end the fighting and secure the phased withdrawal of armed groups from all Libyan cities to allow the State to assert its authority over the country’s vital facilities.
The participants called on all the parties to cease hostilities to create a conducive environment for the dialogue.
UNSMIL in a statement has reiterated that dialogue is an ongoing process. As Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of UNSMIL Bernardino Leon announced at the beginning of the dialogue, this is a process that will take time and the road ahead will be difficult. But the Mission believes time is of the essence and all sincere Libyans must quickly move towards finding solutions to the crises if they are to prevent further political, security and economic deterioration in their country.
UNSMIL expressed its commitment to providing the necessary support to the monitoring and ensuring the success of any agreement reached, as well as providing the necessary guarantees to that end. The Mission emphasizes that the dialogue is an inclusive and transparent process driven by Libya’s supreme national interest, including safeguarding the country’s national unity and protecting its resources and wealth.