A+ A-

Kuwait reaffirms support for UN envoy's Libya mission

Kuwait's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi
Kuwait's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi
NEW YORK, Jan 19 (KUNA) -- Kuwait reiterated on Saturday its support for Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Ghassan Salame to facilitate the Libyan political process through the UN Plan of Action.
The position was expressed in a speech at a UN Security Council meeting about Libya, delivered by Kuwait's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi.
Al-Otaibi urged all Libyan parties to take action for a peaceful political settlement by engaging in technical, legislative, political and security conditions for transparent and peaceful elections, eventually leading up to a united and stable Libya.
Last year, the Libyan people faced a set of serious challenges that posed a threat to their country's security and stability; primarily hosilities and military clashes, he regretted.
The so-called Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for bombings of several vital institutions such as Libyan High National Electoral Commission (HNEC), Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), he added.
The UN plan of action aims at establishing public order based on security forces and police to replace armed groups in addition to developing mechanisms linked to UNSMIL, he said.
In this context, the Kuwaiti diplomat hoped all parties in Tripoli would reply positively to the plan in question.
For the first time in seven years, the first police station in Tripoli capital was established to enhance Libyan security services under the supervision of the Libyan government, Al-Otaibi said.
Al-Otaibi hoped that a national Libyan conference due in the coming few weeks would lead to pushing the Libyan political process forward, ending inter-Libyan divisions and stalemate, and armed militias.
He renewed his appeal to the House of Representatives and the Supreme Council of the State to finalize limited changes to a Libyan political agreement purposed to reform the executive authority, along with a constitutional referendum law. (end) asf.lr