EU welcomes Libyan forum’s approval of selection mechanism for executive authority

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2020 file photo, Stephanie Williams, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission speaks during a news conference in Tunis, Tunisia. Williams said Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, an advisory committee of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum agreed on a recommended mechanism for choosing a transitional government that would lead the conflict-stricken country to elections late this year. (AP Photo/Walid Haddad, File)
Stephanie Williams, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya speaks during a news conference in Tunis, Tunisia, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Walid Haddad)

The EU Heads of Mission to Libya welcomed on Tuesday the approval by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) of a proposal for the selection mechanism of a unified executive authority reached by the Forum’s Advisory Committee in Geneva on Jan. 16.

“We commend LPDF members, UN Acting Special Representative Stephanie Williams and the UNSMIL team for their relentless efforts and determination to achieve this important result,” said a joint statement issued by the EU Delegation to Libya and the EU Heads of Mission to Libya.

“Today’s decision is important to lay the ground for what the Libyan people deserve: a unified transitional government working on restoring basic public services and preparing the country for national elections on Dec. 24,” the statement added.

The EU statement also encouraged a full and meaningful inclusion and participation of women in the peace process, while reiterating the responsibility of Libya’s main stakeholders in moving forward toward the stabilization of the country and working for the general interest of all Libyans.

“We call upon all Libyan leaders to take up this opportunity in a spirit of compromise to find a sustainable peaceful solution. Libya needs urgent decisions to consolidate the cease-fire, stabilize and relaunch the economy, restore public services and improve the living conditions of the Libyan people,” the statement said.