UN envoy to Libya and the Swiss Federal Chancellor urge that elections in Libya be held on time.

Published On(2021-04-22 22:12:19)

Tripoli, April 22, 2021 (LANA) - The Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Jan Kubis, today concluded a visit to Switzerland, during which he met with Swiss officials to discuss ways to help the Libyan people and the Libyan authorities in the period of the country's transition towards a stable and prosperous democratic phase, that will safeguard Libya's unity and sovereignty.

The UN mission said in a statement on its website that the special envoy, "Kubis", had met in Bern with "Ignacio Cassis", the Federal Adviser, accompanied by the ambassador, "Maya Tesavi", head of the Middle East and North Africa division, and Ambassador Simon Gisbo Heller, head of the peace section and human rights.

As the latest developments in Libya and the region were discussed, and they agreed on the need to intensify support for the newly elected interim authority in Libya to enhance the capacity to provide basic services to the Libyan people.

They also urged all relevant Libyan authorities and institutions to give priority to holding national elections on December 24, 2021, as well as by setting the necessary constitutional base and legal framework and strengthening work with civil society.

 The Special Envoy, Kubis, and the Federal Adviser, Cassis, called for the full implementation of the ceasefire agreement in order to maintain stability in Libya, and urged all concerned national and international actors to expedite the withdrawal of all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya.

The Ambassador's Special Envoy also met with the Head of the United Nations Department at the Swiss Foreign Ministry, Frank Grootter, reaffirming the UN's appreciation to the Government of Switzerland for its effective support for the dialogue process facilitated by the United Nations by hosting a number of meetings for the three political, military and economic tracks.