UN envoy to Libya has told Security Council members that there is a need to apply pressure on the country’s political leaders on the urgency of finalizing the constitutional basis for elections.
In his brief to the Security Council on Friday, Abdoulaye Bathily also said: “We need to think creatively about ways to ensure free, fair, transparent and simultaneous presidential and parliamentary elections are organized.”
He noted: “We need to hold accountable those individuals and entities acting or supporting acts which prevent or undermine the holding of elections.”
He said that work on the security track has resulted in some notable achievements, and the economic track is building some momentum, which can be built on. The political track, however, is showing little sign of progress.
Bathily announced that he plans to conclude his regional tour in the coming weeks and visit other international partners, to seek their views on the ongoing crisis in Libya and how best to support the UN Mission to carry out its mandate.