The United Nations envoy in Libya urges the United Nations to blacklist anybody who obstructs the peace talks
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Libyan negotiators meet in Tunis to prepare for elections
By Michelle Nichols
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The acting Libyan envoy to the United Nations on Thursday called on the UN Security Council to blacklist anyone who hinders peace efforts after the warring parties agree a ceasefire and Libyan participants in political talks set a date for Had set elections.
The 15-member Security Council can impose asset freezes or travel bans on individuals or organizations.
“This council has tools, among other things, to prevent obstructionists from jeopardizing this rare opportunity to restore peace in Libya. I urge you to use it,” said Acting UN Envoy for Libya, Stephanie Williams (NYSE :), opposite the council.
Last month, the country’s two main parties to the war – the internationally recognized government of the National Agreement (GNA) and the east-based Libyan National Army (LNA) of Khalifa Haftar – agreed on a ceasefire, and Libyan participants in political talks in the country last week, which was set on December 24, 2021 as the date for elections.
“The Council stands ready to support the Libyan forum for political dialogue in order to provide all instruments at its disposal, including sanctions against spoilers,” said a diplomat from the Security Council on condition of anonymity.
Williams said that despite some progress in implementing the announced ceasefire, neither side had withdrawn from the front lines as agreed and cargo flights would still arrive at both air bases controlled.
Turkey supports the GNA. Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt support the LNA. These foreign powers were cited in earlier UN documents as arms suppliers against the arms embargo.
Libya fell into chaos after the NATO-backed overthrow of its leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft said Thursday the United States, Britain, Germany and Estonia had blacklisted the Libyan Council Sanctions Committee “some of the most egregious human rights abusers in Libya, including Mohammed al-Kani and the US , suggested Kaniyat militia. “
If no countries object to the 15-member committee by tomorrow, the targeted sanctions will be imposed, diplomats said.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres hopes to appoint current UN envoy for the Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov, as the new envoy for Libya to replace Ghassan Salame, who stepped out of stress in March.
The Security Council has not yet given the green light, however, as diplomats said some members would want an African to be appointed instead.
“Nickolay Mladenov is the right choice for this role. We look forward to consulting with the Secretary General and this council on potential African candidates for the UNSMIL coordinator position,” Craft told the council.
UNSMIL is the UN’s political mission in Libya.
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