The United Nations envoy to Libya briefed the UN Security Council on Monday about the latest developments in the country, urging member states to use pressure on "some parties who are still hindering the efforts to hold elections in the war-torn country."
Salame, who spoke from Tripoli, told the UN Security Council that a recent agreement to resume oil production in Libya will not hold unless key issues concerning the distribution of wealth and endemic plundering of resources are immediately tackled.
"It would be difficult to advance the political process without action and without the right conditions, it would be unwise to conduct elections. Without clear and strong messaging to those who would attempt to stall or disrupt these elections, the conditions will not be met." Salame said, explaining fears about the holding of the upcoming elections in Libya.
It is worth mentioning that Libyan parties agreed on May 29 in Paris to hold elections on December 10 this year and to that end, the Head of the Presidential Council. Fayez Al-Sirraj allocated Sunday 66 million dinars for the High National Elections Commission to carry out the democratic process.
The UN envoy also explained that the UNSMIL will redouble its efforts to push for economic reforms, as the very stability and unity of the country are at stake.
"It has been evident that many members of the House of Representatives, who last month completed their fourth year in office, have not exhibited any enthusiasm for attendance, nor for passing viable electoral legislation," Salame remarked.
He added that members of the House of Representatives should take notice that Libyans are demanding elections, and are becoming impatient with those who find multiple ways and means to postpone this moment.
"I recently met with the Speaker of the House. He promised a vote on a law for the referendum of the constitution within the next two weeks, and that electoral legislation would be voted upon immediately after. I truly hope this pledge is kept, this time." Salame said.
He urged the member states of the UN Security Council to press the House of Representatives to deliver and in a timely fashion the necessary legal framework for the elections and constitution.
In the meantime, the Libyan ambassador to the UN requested that the Security Council state members press the Libyan parties into accepting the results of the upcoming elections, noting that foreign intervention is the main factor behind the continuation of instability in Libya.
He also urged the UN Security Council to positively respond to the call of the Presidential Council to form an assessment committee to look into the Central Bank of Libya's transactions in Tripoli and in Al-Bayda (the parallel institution).
In Tobruk, the HoR held a regular session on Monday to discuss the elections and constitution referendum laws and decided on the referendum law, transferring it to the legislative commission to have the final draft approved.
The HoR announced after the end of the session that the constitution referendum law will be voted for or against by the MPs on July 30.