Kuwait urges for trans­par­ent and calm elec­tions in war-torn Libya

Al-Otaibi hopes int’l con­fab will come up with con­sen­sus

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

NEW YORK, Nov 10, (KUNA): Kuwait called on all Libyan par­ties to work earnestly to create con­ge­nial tech­ni­cal, leg­isla­tive, po­lit­i­cal and se­cu­rity con­di­tions for trans­par­ent, in­clu­sive and peace­ful elec­tions in their wartorn coun­try.

Ad­dress­ing a United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (UNSC) ses­sion on Libya, Kuwait’s Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the United Na­tions Am­bas­sador Man­sour Al-Otaibi said 80 per­cent of the Libyan peo­ple want elec­tions to be held in their coun­try.

He re­it­er­ated sup­port for Head of the United Na­tions Sup­port Mis­sion in Libya (UNSMIL) Ghas­san Salame’s call fir fa­cil­i­tat­ing a com­pre­hen­sive po­lit­i­cal process in Libya as per a rel­e­vant UN plan, as well as his ef­forts to open a mis­sion of­fice in Beng­hazi.

He said that the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in Tripoli has re­mark­ably im­proved thanks to the UN mis­sion’s ef­forts aim­ing at re­duc­ing ten­sions and se­cu­rity alert there.

He added that the UN mis­sion’s ef­forts were mainly meant to reach a cease­fire and re­vive se­cu­rity agen­cies, pri­mar­ily the se­cu­rity ar­range­ment com­mit­tee.

Al-Otaibi wel­comed the na­tional unity gov­ern­ment’s De­cree 1437/2018 re­gard­ing a joint se­cu­rity plan to se­cure Tripoli, aim­ing at set­ting out se­cu­rity ar­range­ments for pro­tect­ing cit­i­zens, and pub­lic and pri­vate fa­cil­i­ties.

The Kuwaiti diplo­mat spoke highly of the plan for in­clud­ing mech­a­nisms of co­or­di­na­tion with the UN Sup­port Mis­sion in Libya (UNSMIL), hop­ing that all ri­vals in Tripoli would pos­i­tively re­spond to this blue­print.

How­ever, he called on the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, chiefly the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (UNSC), to ex­ert more ef­forts to find a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion to fight grow­ing armed groups in the war-torn coun­try.

He be­lieved that this could be at­tained by means of es­tab­lish­ing united le­git­i­mate se­cu­rity agen­cies with a view to en­sur­ing a po­lit­i­cal tran­si­tion en­shrined in the UN work­ing plan.

Al-Otaibi hoped that an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence on Libya due in Italy would come up with con­sen­sus for push­ing for­ward the po­lit­i­cal process in Libya, thus end­ing di­vi­sions and splits, and erad­i­cat­ing mili­tias there.

He also voiced Kuwait’s sat­is­fac­tion with Libya restor­ing its pre­vi­ous oil pro­duc­tion rate of around 1.3 mil­lion bar­rels per day, thus de­feat­ing the af­ter­shocks of re­cent armed clashes in the oil cres­cent re­gion.

He also com­mended the Libyan gov­ern­ment’s long-awaited pro­gram of eco­nomic re­forms, ex­pect­ing it to en­able the coun­try’s eco­nomic in­sti­tu­tions to pro­vide pub­lic ser­vices to peo­ple prop­erly.

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Kuwait’s Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United Na­tions Am­bas­sador Man­sour Al-Otaibi ad­dresses the UN’s Se­cu­rity Coun­cil ses­sion on Libya.

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