The Address | Benghazi – Libya
VALLETTA – The Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela called for an urgent political solution to the conflict in Libya in a virtual address to the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday.
Abela devoted the largest part of his address to the North African conflict, following a pandemic which he said had posted another serious obstacle to the wellbeing of already-vulnerable civilian populations.
He called for a permanent ceasefire to enable talks to resume with a view to a successful political transition under the auspices of the UN, as well as economic reforms to enhance the governance of Libya’s institutions.
“This will enable Libya to address challenges related to its already strained healthcare services, worn thin by the ongoing nine-year conflict, to the detriment of Libya and the Libyan People,” Abela said.
“At the same time, we must also ensure that all actors found violating international humanitarian law and human rights in Libya will be held accountable.
“This will send a clear message to all involved in the proxy war playing out in Libya that their impunity will not go unanswered.”
A political solution, Abela said, remained the only viable solution, and the driving force to resolve the conflict had to be “wholeheartedly Libyan-led and Libyan-owned”.