Statement of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Libya on Geneva talks
Libyan Cloud News Agency – Geneva
The presidents of the House of Representatives and High Council of State met in Geneva on 28-29 June 2022. They reviewed the outstanding provisions of the 2017 Libyan Draft Constitution, taking into account the agreement reached during the Cairo talks earlier this month.
The two chambers reached unprecedented consensus on a number of long-standing issues, including: the designation of the headquarters and distribution of seats for the two chambers of the legislative authority; division of responsibilities among the president, prime minister, cabinet and local government; the specific form of decentralisation, including the delineation of the number of governorates and their powers; a revenue allocation mechanism for the different levels of government; and increased representation for cultural components.
The Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Libya, Stephanie Williams said that despite the progress in this week’s negotiations between the heads of the respective chambers, disagreement persists on the eligibility requirements for the candidates in the first presidential elections.
She urged the two chambers to overcome the pending disagreement as soon as possible. She also urged all actors and parties in Libya against taking any precipitous action and emphasized that calm and stability must be maintained.