In a unanimous statement on Wednesday, the United Nations Security Council reaffirmed its strong support for facilitating inclusive Libyan-led presidential and parliamentary elections “as soon as possible” in the North African country.
The Council urged Libyan political stakeholders to “redouble their efforts” in finalizing a pathway for the long-delayed elections. It called on all sides to address differences through compromise and engage constructively with the UN mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on resolving contested political issues.
Expressing concern over recent violent clashes in Tripoli, the Security Council strongly urged Libyan parties to refrain from violence, protect civilians and comply with international law. It emphasized the importance of fully implementing the October 2020 ceasefire agreement, including withdrawing all foreign forces and mercenaries without delay.
Council members noted efforts by Libya’s financial bodies to advance economic unification and reaffirmed the intention for frozen assets to eventually assist the Libyan people. The statement warned that individuals obstructing Libya’s political transition could face UN sanctions.
The Security Council statement called on UN envoy Abdoulaye Bathily and UNSMIL to continue their mediation role in facilitating the political transition process.