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Find out most important remarks of SRSG to Security Council on Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

LIBYA – Overall, Libya’s infrastructure continues to deteriorate at an alarming rate.  Basic services, including in health, water and electricity, are eroding. The situation of water production is particularly fragile.  With nearly four wells being disabled every month, the western branch of the Man-Made River, which is the primary supplier of water to the north-west, is in imminent danger of collapse, UN SRSG, Ghassan Salame, remarked to the Security Council.

On 13 January, the forces of the Libyan National Army (LNA) entered Sabha. Whilst there were some minor incidents, the arrival of LNA forces was generally perceived as a positive and stabilizing development, Salame said.

Whilst the LNA has brought a large measure of security and stability to the South which enabled the Central Bank of Libya, based in al-Baida in the east, to deliver bank notes to Sabha, it is unclear how long the campaign can be sustained given the long resupply lines and the limited financial resources of the Interim Government, according to Salame.
In the West of the country, local forces have mobilized in response to the current tensions.  So far, such local mobilizations appear to be shows of force and no party appears imminently ready to launch an attack against any other.  But there is a real risk of miscalculation or of extremist forces starting skirmishes in the hope of drawing others into a larger confrontation, he said.
The Tripoli ceasefire continues to hold, but the Greater Tripoli Security Arrangements Plan remains only partially implemented, he added.
UNSMIL has supported two rounds of preparatory talks between the advisors of Prime Minister Serraj and General Haftar which took place in our Tunis offices.  As a result of those talks, the two leaders met in Abu Dhabi and agreed to a number of important principles: Libya shall be a civilian and democratically governed state that enjoys full civilian control of the military, and a peaceful transition of power.  The parties also agreed on the need to unify Libya’s long-divided institutions and for the scheduling of national elections before the end of the year, SRSG stated.
The High National Electoral Commission is preparing for national elections.  We are pleased to see that the HNEC, with the help of the UN and international partners, has finally now moved into its secure new headquarters, he pointed out.
I call on all in the international community to put the interests of the Libyan people first, and to act committedly and sincerely to pressure all parties to avoid conflict and conclude a peaceful formula to end the transitional period in Libya, for the sake of all of the Libyan people, Ghassan Salame concluded.
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