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Stephanie Williams commends the intention of Al-Sarraj to hand over power

Libyan Cloud News Agency – Tunisia

The Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and head of UNSMIL, Stephanie Williams, has commended the intention of the Chairman of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sarraj, to hand over power to a new executive authority by the end of October.  

Williams said in a statement that Al-Sarraj’s announcement comes at a decisive turning point in Libya’s longstanding crisis when it is clear that the situation is no longer sustainable. 

“The onus is now on concerned Libyan parties to fully shoulder their responsibilities before the Libyan people, to take historic decisions, and to accept mutual concessions for the sake of their country.” Read the statement.

She added that there is an opportunity to restart the fully inclusive intra-Libyan political dialogue, which the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) intends to move forward with at the earliest opportunity, building on the statements issued by Al-Sarraj and Speaker of the House of Representatives Agila Saleh on 21 August 2020, and recent meetings between key Libyan parties in Montreux in Switzerland, Morocco and Egypt.

Williams urged the international community to fulfill its responsibilities as well, to respect Libyan sovereignty, to cease interference in Libya’s internal affairs, and to fully respect the UN arms embargo. 

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