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Stephanie Williams delivers a speech at a security meeting in Palermo

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

PALERMO – Deputy Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Stephanie Williams, delivered a speech on Monday at a security meeting in Palermo.

Williams began by stating, “I am encouraged to see so many of you gathered here today; your attendance confirms the shared and genuine wish to see Libya successfully progress towards stability.”

During her speech, Williams commanded measures taken by Interior Minister of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord, Mustafa Bashagha, which she said are “steps that send strong signal that change is coming”.

“Minister of Interior’s decisions – establishing human rights unit, summoning security personnel to return to duty, replacing contentious civil servants, appointing new Women’s Affairs and Family and Child Protection Heads – are steps that send strong signal that change is coming.”

“More needs to be done to boost logistical support and generate regular forces ready to assume security responsibilities in the Capital. Success will depend on the unequivocal and sustained support of Libyan authorities and the international community alike.” said Williams.

“Advice and support are required to enhance the capacity of Libyan institutions, especially Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defense and armed and police forces under their control, to manage myriad security challenges. I encourage member states to support Libyan requests in coordination with UN.” she added.

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