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The UN took part in workshops on national reconciliation in Libya

Libyan Cloud News Agency – Tripoli

The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Georgette Gagnon, attended on Tuesday the launch of a series of workshops on national reconciliation.

The Presidential Council’s members, Musa Al-Koni and Abdullah Al-Lafi, organized and led the workshops which were also attended by the Minister of Justice and Minister of State for Internally Displaced Persons and Human Rights with the virtual participation of the African Union Ambassador to Libya.

The Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Human Rights, Rule of Law, and Transitional Justice Service also attended the workshops.

The two-day forum will cover several themes including the elaboration on basic principles of reconciliation, the structure of the High National Commission for Reconciliation and its sub-committees as well as its mandate, autonomy, and support needed to deliver its mandate

Addressing the opening ceremony, Gagnon affirmed the United Nations’ support to the Libyan authorities in establishing a comprehensive and inclusive national reconciliation process.

“We recognize the importance of this initiative launched by the Presidency Council as essential for laying the groundwork for a longer-term national reconciliation process, but equally and as importantly, as needed to promote unity and social cohesion ahead of the December elections, as highlighted by the UN Security Council in its resolution [UNSCR 2570 (2021)] of 16 April,” Gagnon said.

She also asserted the UN’s position on the imperative that the national reconciliation process be Libyan-led, participatory, rights-based, and centered on the rights and needs of the many victims of human rights violations across Libya.

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