EU Urges Libyan Leaders to Unite for Elections Amid UN Envoy's Resignation

The EU calls for a unified Libyan government and elections, amid ongoing political tensions and divisions. Turkey and Egypt agree on Libya's unity, while the UN envoy resigns citing "persistent opposition" and disregard for Libyans.

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EU Urges Libyan Leaders to Unite for Elections Amid UN Envoy's Resignation

EU Urges Libyan Leaders to Unite for Elections Amid UN Envoy's Resignation

The European Union has called for a "unified Libyan government" to hold elections, urging Libyan leaders to work together for a permanent political solution leading to a unified government and elections. The EU praised the United Nations mediation efforts and the work of the resigning UN envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily.

The EU's call comes amid ongoing political tensions and divisions in Libya, with the goal of achieving a stable and democratic government through elections. Bathily, who recently tendered his resignation, cited "persistent opposition, unrealistic demands and disregard for the interests of the Libyan people" in his mediation efforts.

Why this matters: Libya has had little peace since a 2011 NATO-backed uprising, and the country split in 2014 with rival factions taking over different parts. The EU's call for unity and elections highlights the international community's desire to see a resolution to Libya's protracted political crisis.

In a related development, Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan stated that Turkey is in complete agreement with Egypt for the sake of Libya's unity and sovereignty, and the need to provide support to achieve this objective. The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry's visit to Turkey aimed at bolstering cooperation and enhancing bilateral relations between the two nations.

Meanwhile, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) expressed deep sadness over the death of Libyan activist Siraj Dughman while in custody at a military camp affiliated with Khalifa Haftar's forces. UNSMIL urged authorities to conduct a transparent investigation into Dughman's death.

The Libyan government is also working on addressing various domestic issues, including developing the insurance sector, meeting with representatives from JPMorgan Chase Bank, and addressing the issue of illegal immigration. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported that 584 migrants were intercepted and returned to Libya from April 7 to 13.

The Deputy Head of the Libyan Presidential Council, Abdullah Al-Lafi, discussed the political process and regional issues with the Italian ambassador to Libya. The meeting reviewed the challenges facing the national reconciliation project and the recent events, including Bathily's resignation. Al-Lafi stressed the importance of the Italian role in supporting a peaceful solution to the crisis in Libya.

Bathily, in his resignation statement, expressed concerns about the increase in kidnappings, disappearances, and arbitrary arrests in Libya. "Persistent opposition, unrealistic demands and disregard for the interests of the Libyan people" were cited as reasons for his decision to step down from his role as UN envoy to Libya.

Key Takeaways

  • EU calls for unified Libyan govt, elections amid political tensions.
  • UN envoy Bathily resigns, citing "opposition, demands, disregard for Libyans".
  • Turkey, Egypt agree on Libya's unity, sovereignty; support needed.
  • Libyan activist's death in custody prompts UN call for investigation.
  • Libyan govt addresses domestic issues, meets with JPMorgan, tackles migration.