UN announces failure of Libya constitutional basis meetings in Geneva

UN announces failure of Libya constitutional basis meetings in Geneva

June 30, 2022 - 19:40
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

UNSMIL has announced that the Geneva talks between the Speaker of the House of Representatives and Head of High Council of State in Geneva on 28-29 June 2022 have not brought up agreement, adding in a statement that despite the progress in this week’s negotiations between the heads of the respective chambers, disagreement persists on the eligibility requirements for the candidates in the first presidential elections.

The statement said Aqila Saleh and Khalid Al-Mishri had reviewed the outstanding provisions of the 2017 Libyan Draft Constitution, taking into account the agreement reached during the Cairo talks earlier this month.

"They reached unprecedented consensus on a number of long-standing issues, including: the designation of the headquarters and distribution of seats for the two chambers of the legislative authority; division of responsibilities among the president, prime minister, cabinet and local government; the specific form of decentralization, including the delineation of the number of governorates and their powers; a revenue allocation mechanism for the different levels of government; and increased representation for cultural components." The statement said.

It added that while the progress secured during three rounds of consultations in Cairo and this round in Geneva is significant, it remains insufficient as a basis to move forward towards comprehensive national elections, which is a genuine desire of the Libyan people.

The UN Advisor Stephanie Williams urged the two chambers to overcome the pending disagreement as soon as possible and called on all actors and parties in Libya not to take any precipitous action, emphasizing that calm and stability must be maintained.