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IM to UN Envoy: We can Secure Elections

Tripoli_ Libyan Interior Minister Colonel Khaled Mazen expressed his ministry’s readiness to secure the upcoming general elections which will be held on 25 December 2021.

During a meeting with the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the UN for Libya Mr. Ján Kubiš in Tripoli on Monday, both men reviewed the ongoing cooperation between the UN and the Libyan authorities in all fields.

 They also discussed issues of concern such as preparing for the coming elections, the seize fire, the opening of the coast road between east and west Libya and the training of personnel. In addition, illegal migration and human rights were also dealt with in light of the interior ministry’s role in these important issues.

According to an UNSMIL press release on Monday, Mr. Kubiš, met in Tripoli with Head of High Council (HCS) of State Khaled Al-Meshri and discussed the latest developments in Libya and the progress made with regard to the political process.

The Special Envoy urged to expedite the process of finding a constitutional and legal framework in order to ensure the holding of national elections on 24 December 2021, as prescribed by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) Roadmap.

Kubiš also visited the city of Misrata where he held meetings with municipality officials a group of activists representing several civil society organizations.

He listened to critical issues facing the civil society organizations community in Misrata and neighboring areas including their demand to honor the 30% threshold for women in the executive authority; support for vulnerable groups like migrants and Tawergha displaced people and their rights for voluntary return. They also stressed the urgent need to launch a national reconciliation process and to address the issue of prisoners and missing people.

The Special Envoy pledged to strengthen to cooperation with the civil society organisations through the Mission and through the office of the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Libya, to address all these matters.

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