Libya's ambassador to the United Nations, Taher El Sonni, said that the postponement of December 24 elections was not surprising and that the national unity government was and is still determined to hand over power when the new dates for elections are set.
El Sonni explained at a Security Council session about Libya on Monday that the postponement of elections was expected because of opposing opinions among the Libyan parties and the legal and constitutional framework regulating the elections.
He also referred to the difficulty of holding elections in light of the lack of confidence and the absence of a constitution in Libya, adding that elections are a means for participation, not domination and exclusion, and reiterated that conducting elections without laws could open the door for conflict again.
El Sonni said consensus among all parties on the constitutional path and electoral laws remained very crucial, stressing the importance of providing the necessary capabilities for the success of elections with the support of the High National Elections Commission or state authorities.
He called on the United Nations to provide more support for the electoral process and to send a team that can determine what Libya needs at this stage, urging for revealing those who hinder the electoral process (individuals, entities or states), saying “those obstructionists fear losing their influence if Libya steps foot on the democratic path."
“I hail the steps taken toward unifying the Central Bank of Libya, considering that it contributes to correcting the state's financial policy. I stress the need to have competence in the leadership with regard to assuming sovereign and other positions. I also believe that the national judiciary would hold accountable the perpetrators of war crimes, which l have no a statute of limitations.” El Sonni explained.
He also criticized holding Security Council sessions without changing the situation in Libya, saying: "The sessions repeat themselves and the situation in Libya stands unaltered."