Bathily calls out Libyan stakeholders as ‘hindering’ process at UNSC

Nov 15, 2022 | International actors

On 15 November, UN Special Envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, addressed the UN Security Council (UNSC). He asserted that ‘there is an increasing recognition that some institutional players are actively hindering progress towards elections’, adding: ‘The genuine political will of these actors needs to be tested against reality’. In his statement to the UNSC, Bathily confirmed that ‘In the next weeks and months, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) will endeavour to facilitate a conversation between the key institutional players in Libya as a step towards overcoming their differences and moving forward towards the organisation of free and fair elections’. Bathily also called upon the international community for support, ‘I urge this Council to send an unequivocal message to obstructionists that their actions will not remain without consequences’.