‘Full accountability for crimes committed during the Libyan conflict’ – Kubiš (UNSMIL) – SC Briefing

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    The Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ján Kubiš, today (21 May) told the Security Council that “full accountability” for crimes committed during the Libyan conflict “is the only way to ensure justice and right-based reconciliation in Libya.”

    Kubiš said that unless Libya addresses human rights violations “perpetrated by all sides in the conflict, then any efforts towards sustainable peace will fail.”

    Turning to parliamentary and presidential elections, the Special Envoy said it will be “a critical task” for Libyan authorities and institutions to ensure the timely holding these elections, scheduled for 24 December, as set out in the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) roadmap and called for by the Security Council Resolution 2570.

    He said this priority, “lies at the core of the mandate of the Government of National Unity.”

    In his address to the Council, Libyan Ambassador Taher EL-Sonni called on the United Nations “to please send an assessment team to Libya to look at what Libya could need to support these elections; to look at possible challenges that could accompany this process and how to address these challenges, so that these elections are organized successfully and transparently in Libya, and so no one calls into question this process or its outcome.”

    The roadmap adopted in November 2020 by the LPDF consists of 75 participants representing the main Libyan geographical, social and political constituencies—stipulates that parliamentary and presidential elections will be held on 24 December 2021.

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