UN envoy to Libya crafts "action plan" to break political impasse

UN envoy to Libya crafts "action plan" to break political impasse

September 20, 2017 - 22:28
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Written by: AbdulkaderAssad

The United Nations' envoy to Libya and Head of its support mission in the country, Ghassan Salame has announced an action plan to end the Libyan political impasse.

Salame revealed his crafted action plan on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings, where a high-profile meeting on Libya took place Wednesday.

According to Salame, the first stage of the plan is to amend the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA).

Salame added that the drafting of the plan would begin next week before the convening of a national conference under the UN auspices for all key Libyan actors to join the political process.

"The conference brings together all the reluctant players, including House of Representatives and High Council of State as well as many Libyan parties." He indicated.

He explained that in the conference, all participants shall agree on the new members of the reconfigured executive institutions in Libya, adding that post-conference results will see the HoR and the Constituting Drafting Assembly (CDA) working together at the same time.

"HoR will devise a legislation for constitution referendum, Presidential and parliamentary elections in Libya, while the CDA will have to refine its work on the draft that was approved earlier, taking into account the observations in the aforementioned upcoming conference." Salame elaborated.

He added that those steps must go hand in hand with the work of different factors, such as the High National Elections Commission (HNEC), which he said should be ready for electoral events, knowing that the UN would be ready to support.

The UN envoy also said that there would be a dialogue with the armed groups in Libya in the aim to integrate them into one political body and into the civil life.

"The Libyan national army will have an initiative to be unified and the local reconciliation efforts must be intensified to reach the whole country." Salame went on.

Salame indicated that his action plan locks off by a referendum to adopt Libya's constitution, followed by elections for a president and a parliament, bringing the transitional phase to an end.