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Libyan Leaders Must Put National Interests Above Their Own, Top Envoy Tells Security Council v

Efforts to foster dialogue and address the
concerns of Libyan politicians are being met with
“stubborn resistance, unreasonable expectations and
indifference” on their part, contrary to the national
interest, the UN envoy to the North African nation said on

Special Representative Abdoulaye
Bathily told the Security
that since the end of 2022, UN-led efforts to
resolve Libya’s political crisis have encountered national
and regional pushbacks, “revealing an intentional
defiance to engage in earnest and a tenacity to perpetually
delay elections

“With a deep sense of
disappointment, it is disheartening to witness individuals
in positions of power putting their personal interests above
the needs of their country,” he said.

He emphasized
the necessity for Libyan leaders to prioritize national
interests over personal ones, urging them to reach a
political settlement through negotiations and

We cannot allow the aspirations
of 2.8 million registered Libyan voters to be overshadowed
by the narrow interests of a few
,” he

Entrenched positions persist

Bathily told ambassadors the five key Libyan stakeholders
– Mohamed Takala, President of the High Council of State;
Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, Government of National Unity Prime
Minister; Agila Saleh, Speaker of the House of
Representatives; General Khalifa Haftar, Commander of the
LNA; and Mohamed al-Menfi, President of the Presidential
Council – have not budged from their preconditions
to attend the talks

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continuous and extensive engagement with the main
institutional actors, their persistent positions are
significantly impeding efforts to advance the
political process
,” Mr. Bathily

He also noted that the complexities were
exacerbated by an “apparent agreement” between the Mr.
al-Menfi, Mr. Saleh and Mr. Takala, according to a joint
statement following a trilateral meeting in March in Cairo,
with which the UN was not associated.

“My subsequent
discussions with the leaders who participated in the Cairo
meeting revealed diverging interpretations of and lack of
details on its outcome. There is also lack of buy-in among
those Libyan leaders who were not part of the meeting,” he

Economy ‘severely strained’

On the
economic front, Mr. Bathily, who also heads the UN Support
Mission in Libya (UNSMIL),
highlighted a worsening economic situation and warnings by
the Central Bank of an impending liquidity crisis.

informed ambassadors of a temporary surcharge on official
foreign currency exchange, combined with the declining value
of the Libyan dinar and restricted access to foreign
currencies, which has fuelled public anger amid growing
concerns over rising prices for essential goods and

“It is imperative for Libyan
authorities to address not only the symptoms but also the
root causes
of persistent harmful economic and
financial practices,” the UN envoy said, calling on the
authorities to promptly agree a national budget and better
manage State resources.

Tense security

Mr. Bathily also highlighted a tense
security situation in several parts of the country,
including major cities like Tripoli and

“The presence of armed actors and
heavy weaponry
in Libya’s capital is of strong
concern as it constitutes a significant threat to the safety
of the civilian population,” he warned, emphasizing that
any escalation of tensions in Libya would exacerbate
instability not only in Chad, Niger, and Sudan but also
across the wider region of the Sahel.

He also voiced
concern over the continuing plight of migrants as well as a
sharp rise in abductions, disappearances, and arbitrary
arrests against a backdrop of entrenched impunity that has
undermined fundamental

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