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Egypt Urges UNSMIL to Engage with Elected Candidates

Egypt Urges UNSMIL to Engage with Elected Candidates

Wednesday, 14 August, 2019 - 14:15
Cairo- Sawsan Abu Hussein

Egypt has called on the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to further cooperate and engage with the representatives elected by the Libyan people to come up with a roadmap required for overcoming the current crisis and implementing all the elements of the initiative approved by the Security Council in October 2017.

Cairo has also lauded the recent humanitarian truce declared by Libyan parties on the occasion of Eid al-Adha and considered it a step on the right track for building confidence among them, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Hafez said on Tuesday.

Hafez stressed that a comprehensive political solution remains the only way for restoring stability in Libya.

In this context, he said that an inclusive settlement process in Libya shall begin, based on comprehensively addressing all fundamental issues, mainly distributing resources in Libya in an equitable manner and spending them with transparency, proceeding with the unification of Libyan institutions, disarming militias and collecting its weapons as stipulated in the Libyan political agreement.

“Egypt urges Libyan parties to take a clear stance to distance itself from terrorist and criminal groups, especially those on the sanctions lists, issued by the Security Council.”

Hafez condemned, in this context, the recent terrorist bombing in Benghazi, offering condolences to the families of the victims.

He stressed the importance of the Libyan parties' declaration of their rejection of foreign interventions in Libyan affairs and documented violations of UN resolutions by well-known parties that export arms and facilitate the transfer of militants to Libya.

Egypt said it believes a solution to the Libyan crisis “shall be exclusively Libyan and agreed by all Libyan parties with no interference or dictates from external parties.”

Hafez said the belief was stressed upon during the recent meetings hosted by Cairo, the latest was the consultative meeting of members of the Libyan House of Representative, being the only elected institution in Libya.

This institution is mandated to ratify any roadmap to end the Libyan crisis and lay down the constitutional rules necessary to organize the presidential and parliamentary elections.

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