The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – Head of the Presidential Council of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj, expressed regret for the position of the House of Representatives (HoR), which did not fulfill its promise and did not abide by his entitlements to pass the Constitutional Law required for the elections. He also stressed that HoR did not fulfill its duties regarding the reforms and said: “This Parliament is still absent from what is happening in the country.”
“The democratic process will not continue to be held hostage to the House of Representatives. The Presidential Council will resort to alternatives that enable it to hold elections and enable the people to choose their representatives and governors and to end this stage with all its political and legislative institutions,” Al-Sarraj said during his intervention at the Ministerial Meeting on Libya on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Al-Sarraj called on the international community to take urgent and effective measures to protect civilians in Tripoli who are subjected to serious violations, endangered and is endangering their lives, as stated.
Head of the Presidential Council stressed that achieving stability in Libya serves security and stability in the region as a whole, saying that “Libya is at a critical stage, politically, economically, and regarding security. although we have patience on the political divide, shortcomings and obstacles and did our best in the face of bottlenecks of the economy, but the issue of security does not wait, and it needs to be resolved, especially with endangering the lives of civilians and their private and public property, like what happened and still happening in the capital Tripoli, which has been subjected to armed attacks.
He called on the international community to translate feelings of sympathy towards the suffering of Libyans into actions on the ground, calling for the unification of the divided international situation to become a single international voice towards the Libyan crisis, and stop the negative interventions of some countries that favor this party or that, saying that “the hinders of the democratic track exploit the contradiction of those positions to keep the situation as it is to serve their narrow interests, without taking into account the suffering of citizens.”
Al-Sarraj stressed that the current situation requires the international community to adopt a firm and united stance towards those who did not meet our repeated call to stop the escalation, adding that it is also necessary to hold accountable the troublemakers and tacklers of the democratic process, in accordance with the Security Council resolutions in this regard, and the recommendations of the UN mission to Libya (UNSMIL), which announced that it was aware of those who were pushing the country into chaos, whether they were groups or individuals, wondering about the difference between protecting civilians in 2011 and protecting them in 2018.
The Presidential Council is committed to the success of the democratic process, despite the difficulty of the situation, and that it will never deviate from its national positions, taking full responsibility for the stability of the country, al-Sarraj stressed.
Al-Sarraj spoke of the security arrangements that had been put in cooperation with the UNSMIL, pointing out that the delay in implementation is due to the absence of effective international support.
Head of the Presidential Council pointed out, in his intervention, to the economic reform program, which began implementation after intensive consultations with the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) and the Audit Bureau, to alleviate the suffering of citizens.
On the political level, he stressed that he did not abandon the election option announced more than a year ago and included in the initiative of the UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, and was agreed upon during a series of international meetings, so that simultaneous parliamentary and presidential elections are held under a sound constitutional basis to end the power struggle and end the transitional stages and reach a stable and durable stage.
In this context, al-Sarraj spoke of the provision of GNA to all the requirements of the Electoral Commission and the creation of conditions for its conduct in a fair and transparent manner, monitored and supervised by the United Nations and the international organizations concerned.