Libya : Tensions caused by the mobilization of armed groups in Tripoli


The United Nations Assistance Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Tuesday expressed concern about the developing security situation in the capital Tripoli, where the armed forces of various armed groups reside.

The developments come as Libyans await news of the postponement of Friday's long-promised major election.

Call for dialogue

The current mobilization "creates tension and increases the risk of clashes that could escalate into conflict," said a statement by UNSMIL.

"Any disagreements on political or military issues that arise must be resolved through dialogue, especially at a time when the country is going through a difficult and complex electoral process that should lead to a peaceful transition."

In the ten years since the ouster of former leader Muammar al-Gaddafi, Libya has faced critical political and security challenges.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres previously described the election as "an important next step on the road to peace and stability" in the country.

Soft time

UNSMIL warned that the events in Tripoli "do not bode well" for continued efforts to maintain stability, security and conducive political conditions for peaceful, credible, inclusive, free and fair elections.

The mission called on all Libyans to exercise restraint at this "sensitive moment".

They have been encouraged to work together to create a secure political atmosphere that will safeguard the country's progress and enable peaceful elections and a successful transition.

Stakeholder engagement

Meanwhile, UN Special Adviser for Libya, Stephanie Williams, continues to work closely with stakeholders to achieve this goal.

Ms. Williams, who was sworn in earlier this month, previously served as Special Representative and Chair of UNSMIL from March 2020 to January.

He was in charge when the mission brokered a historic truce between the two governments that fought the battle for power in Libya in October 2020.

The deal paved the way for a transitional political and government roadmap, as well as historic presidential and parliamentary elections.

Source : All Africa

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