In farewell statement, Williams urges a constitutional framework to break the political deadlock

In farewell statement, Williams urges a constitutional framework to break the political deadlock

August 01, 2022 - 14:32
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

The outgoing UN Special Adviser on Libya, Stephanie Williams, says that a consensual constitutional framework is the only way to overcome the political blockage in Libya as she highlighted her efforts in a farewell statement released on Sunday.

"I believe it is only with the establishment of a consensual constitutional framework which sets the milestones, the contract between the governed and those who govern them, and the guardrails for the end of the transitional period through national elections that the current political stalemate and recurrent executive crisis can be overcome."

Williams said she worked during the past eight months to reach out to the broadest possible spectrum of interlocutors and representatives of Libya’s political, security, and social domains to listen and understand their concerns and their vision for ending the transitional period since 2011.

She praised the opening of oil fields and ports as she expressed concern over attempts "to politicize" the National Oil Corporation (NOC), stressing the need for the Corporation and all sovereign institutions to enjoy complete autonomy and independence from political maneuvering.

In this context, she underscored that "revenues must be transparently managed and the recommendations of the UN-facilitated audit of the Central Bank of Libya should be fully implemented, including the much-needed unification of the bank."

The UN official credited the Joint Military Committee 5 + 5 for maintaining the ceasefire agreement and its efforts to unify the military institutions and get the mercenaries and foreign forces out of Libya.

"I have listened to the testimonies of the many victims of human rights abuses, from Tarhouna to Tawergha, Benghazi to Murzug, Warshafana and Tripoli, and all points in between.  Those who have committed grave abuses must be held accountable for their actions for the country to move forward," Williams said.

In conclusion, Williams urged Libyan leaders and institutions to commit seriously to protecting women’s participation in public life, saying that there can be no meaningful participation without protection.

She noted that during her time as UN Rep. in Libya, she advocated for the inclusion of youth and women in Libya, including those who have been attacked, abused, illegally detained, disappeared, and perished for their political ideas.