Britain has called on Libya’s leaders must urgently engage with the U.N. Envoy Abdoulaye Bathily to give this process a chance of success, said U.K. Ambassador to the U.N. James Kariuki on Tuesday.
Speaking during UN Security Council meeting on Libya, Kariuki said his country was “concerned by the violence last week in Tripoli, in particular its impact on civilians.”
“We have already seen the cost of violence and instability in Libya’s neighbourhood this year, from Sudan to Niger,” he added.
“Libyan actors must heed this warning and fulfil their responsibilities to uphold peace and security across the country,” he said. “These clashes underscore the importance of making urgent progress in Libya’s political process.”
“Libya’s leaders must urgently engage with SRSG Bathily to give this process a chance of success,” he added. “I call on Libya’s leaders to work constructively with the SRSG – including by attending any meetings he convenes, to be open to making concessions, and to move the country towards elections.”
The British diplomat affirmed that Libyan leaders “should fulfil their responsibilities and make the compromises needed to deliver elections and unlock longer-term political progress.”