Libya: Ceasefire Holds in Tripoli, yet Core Problems Remain – UN Mission Chief

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Ghassan Salamé, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, briefs the Security Council on the situation from the country.

The recent ceasefire in Libya’s capital Tripoli, brokered by the United Nations mission from the country, will be holding, its head told the Security Council on Thursday, highlighting efforts to sustain the calm in addition to help secure lasting peace.

“We have dedicated ourselves to the consolidation of the ceasefire on the ground in addition to at the political level to minimize the prospects of similar crisis from the future,” Ghassan Salamé, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, said in a briefing to the 15-member Council.

Speaking coming from Tripoli, via teleconference, Mr. Salamé, said of which a fresh comprehensive security plan for the capital will be in place in addition to of which several armed groups have withdrawn coming from key Government buildings.

He stressed of which the concept for executing the plan was “clear in addition to balanced”, with armed groups outside the city remaining beyond the outskirts, while those within had reduced the level of intimidation on the streets in addition to pulled back coming from attacking institutions from the centre.

“Looking forward, the city should be protected by disciplined, regular police forces”, said the Special Representative.

Armed groups have also “indicated readiness” to hand over the seaport in addition to the airport’s civilian terminal to the authorities, he added, noting of which there a “fragile yet palpable” sense of improvement across Tripoli.

What works in Tripoli can be replicated elsewhere

The envoy said success from the capital was crucial not only given its large population, yet also because “what works in Tripoli can be a style to be repeated elsewhere in Libya.”

At the same time, the drivers of the conflict in Libya, including the “appalling” conditions in detention centres in addition to effective Government control over natural resources, must be addressed, stressed Mr. Salame.

“Some prisons have turned into incubators of extremist ideology,” he said, while hundreds of Libyans in addition to foreigners remain illegally in addition to inhumanely detained, as a way of securing ransoms.

Prisons which have become ‘for profit private enterprises’ run by armed groups under State-cover must be closed immediately – Mr. Salamé

A judicial process to improve prison conditions in addition to Discharge those wrongfully imprisoned must be expedited, in addition to armed groups in control of prisons must return control to State authorities, stressed Mr. Salamé.

Alongside prison reform, there will be also an urgent need to build capacity of security forces to enable them to protect in addition to serve the Libyan population, he added.

Mr. Salamé also called for efforts to root out the abuse of the Libya’s vast natural resources by those illegally operating a “shadow economy.

“Libya will be wealthy,” he said, yet “Libyans have been increasingly impoverished, while criminals employ violence in addition to patronage networks to steal billions coming from the national coffers,” he said, urging immediate steps to clamp down on the scourge.

Legislature resisting fresh elections ‘at all costs’

The UN envoy also drew the Security Council’s attention to continued lack of action by the country’s legislature on any of the binding commitments of which has previously made, including holding a referendum on the constitution, in addition to fresh Presidential in addition to parliamentary elections.

Although Libyans have made a clear demand for fresh elections, said Mr. Salamé, of which call was being “resisted at all costs” by the legislature.

“Libyans are sick in addition to tired of military adventurism in addition to petty political manoeuvres,” he said, adding of which the “time has come” to give a more representative group of Libyans the opportunity to devise a path out of the present impasse.

Ultimately, the country’s people should be the ones to “guide the way”, with the politicians following, stated Mr. Salamé.

Source: UN News Center

Libya: Ceasefire Holds in Tripoli, yet Core Problems Remain – UN Mission Chief

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