UNDP administrator describes Libya’s situation as catastrophic

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The administrator of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Achim Steiner, described Libya’s situation as catastrophic due to what he called the “political vacuum” in the country.

“Libya post-Gaddafi was a political vacuum. Into that political vacuum, the forces that differentiate interests in the country began to organize themselves,”Steiner said in a T.V. interview.

“What we are witnessing is a continuous set of conflicts been used to establish power… unfortunately some people are making a lot of money in that vacuum and therefore have a little interest in allowing a national governance structure and a democratic process to be established.” He said.

“We are working to reestablish the conditions in which Libya can become a nation state that governs in a democratic process where its government institutions are functioning again,” Steiner stated before adding, “we cannot force a nation or its conflicting parties at gunpoint to exercise good governance and the rule of law.”

“What we are left with is a situation that I think all of us consider fairly disastrous. And into that void, or into that chaotic situation, very often the UN is then asked to step in and perform miracles. It cannot do these miracles, it needs the international community and it needs the domestic parties to be willing to come to the table.”


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