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ECNS App DownloadA United Nations envoy on Wednesday hailed the endorsement of a national government in Libya after years of “paralysis and internal divisions,” and urged the Security Council to provide fresh support by deploying UN ceasefire monitors.
“The House of Representatives on March 10 overwhelmingly endorsed the Government of National Unity (GNU),” Jan Kubis told the Security Council during his first briefing as the special envoy of the secretary-general for Libya, and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).
Over 130 members gathered for the session, which “in itself was a historic political milestone,” he said, pointing out that the new cabinet reflects different regions and constituencies.
Oil-rich Libya had descended into multiple crises after former ruler Muammar Gaddafi fell in 2011, with the country essentially divided between a UN-recognized Government of National Accord based in the capital Tripoli, and a rival administration, led by self-styled Libyan National Army General Khalifa Haftar.
After more than a decade of conflict and instability, the special envoy said that an emerging political will for unification had come through Libyan dialogue and decision-making, “grounded in the wishes of the people to finally end the divisions and confrontations” to reclaim their country and “reinstate its unity and sovereignty.”
He stressed that UNSMIL “embraces” the interim authorities key priorities, including advancing the full implementation of the ceasefire agreement, delivering basic services to Libyans and fostering human rights-based national reconciliation.
Based on a “legal and constitutional framework,” the special envoy outlined guidelines for presidential and parliamentary elections and urged officials to start working on election laws without delay — a high bar, given current divisions.
The GNU has “a distinct role” to facilitate a secure environment in which to hold elections, and in facilitating the work of the national elections commission, said Kubis.
“The Libyan electoral authorities are exerting commendable efforts to hold municipal council elections despite COVID-19 and a precarious security environment,” he said, flagging that UNSMIL will continue its work in strengthening “democratically elected municipal councils to provide services, build social cohesion and improve the lives of vulnerable populations.”
Kubis urged the council to provide fresh support, by deploying UN ceasefire monitors.
“While the ceasefire agreement continues to hold, there are reports of ongoing fortifications” and new defensive positions as well as the “continuous presence of foreign assets and elements,” he said, naming ISIL terrorist fighters, among others.
“It is important to continue to support the authorities to address this ongoing threat, act against international terrorism and to fight unlawful armed groups and organized crime networks plaguing the country, which is critical for the stability of Libya, for the stabilization of Sahel,” he added. Related newsChinese envoy calls for efforts to promote lasting peace in Libya2020-11-20MorePhotoSecond batch of China-donated COVID-19 vaccines arrives in ManilaFirst Panda Train in Sichuan launches trial servicesSevere flood inundates communities in NSWClouds over Mount Sanqingshan in E ChinaHealth is primary indicator of peoples happy life: XiScenery of yardang landform in XinjiangImage of Ingenuity helicopter from Perseverance on MarsWhite peacock puts its plumage on displayCOVID-19 vaccination underway for college staff and students in BeijingSpring flowers in full bloom in FranceDream-like glass water slide boosts tourism in C ChinaArtworks including Picasso silverware up for auctionSouth Korean president gets first dose of COVID-19 vaccineE Chinas Rongcheng begins to harvest KelpOld Town Square painted with white crosses in memory of victims of COVID-19 pandemic in PragueEthnic Yi people perform traditional Nuo ritualAt least 10 killed in mass shooting in U.S. ColoradoSpring snow blankets SW China’s citySpring tea picking in full swing in E ChinaLong-dormant volcano erupts in IcelandAncient tomb discovered at Sichuan Normal UniversityXinjiang-themed photo exhibition opens in BeijingWorld Water Day: Flowing art created by natural artistComma-shaped 3D-printed book house unveiled in ShanghaiAzalea flowers enter blooming season in Guizhou, SW ChinaHundreds gather in Washington to protest against Asian HateChongqing citizens play game to raise garbage sorting awarenessSpring snow hits NW Chinas LanzhouWorlds largest Gashapon shop breaks Guinness World RecordMaximum opening angle of Jiefang Bridge testedFrench people mark 150th anniversary of Paris CommuneLight show in DubaiFeeling lonely in lockdown? Try hugging a sheepMascot for China International Consumer Products Expo unveiledSki resorts carve out new jobs on slopesSuper Mario comes to life at Super Nintendo WorldMost popular in 24h$(function () {$.ajaxSetup({cache: true});var tStr = new Date().getUTCHours()+_+ new Date().getUTCMinutes();$.ajax({type: “get”,dataType: “json”,url: “/part/6/ecns_rank24h.json?t=”+ tStr,success: function (status) {var str = “”;$.each(status,function(index,obj){obj.title = obj.title.replace(/'/g, ');str +=+obj[“title”]+;});$(“#rank24″).html(str);},error:function(status){}});});MoreTop newsU.S. COVID-19 cases surpass 30 mln — Johns Hopkins University DPRK fires unidentified projectile into East Sea — Yonhap Consumer products expo in Hainan set to boost sales E-commerce sites pull H&M products after companys Xinjiang statement Xi calls for continuous reform to healthcare systemMoreVideoAI sleep management center opens in HebeiPresident Xi praises overseas Chinese for their contributionsLINEMedia partners:Peoples Daily Online|Xinhuanet|China.org.cn|ChinaDaily.com.cn|CGTN|Globaltimes.cn|Chinaplus.cri.cn|Shine.cn|JSCHINA|
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