Libyan Crisis Settlement Process: UN Praises Morocco’s Facilitation Efforts

The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General’s spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, expressed, on June 7, the United Nations (UN) gratitude to Morocco for its efforts to reach a compromise on the electoral laws between the meeting of the Libyan parties in Bouznika.

Dujarric said, during the daily press briefing of June 7 in New York, “We thank Morocco for facilitating the efforts” of the members of the “6+6” joint commission tasked by the Libyan House of Representatives and the High Council of State (HCS) with drafting electoral laws.

The “6+6” joint commission announced, on June 6, that following meetings that spanned over two weeks in Morocco, its members reached a compromise on the laws governing the presidential and parliamentary elections in Libya, scheduled to take place at the end of the year.

Following the closing session of the work of the 6+6 commission, which was attended by the member of the High Council of State (HCS), Omar Abu Lifa, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation, and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita, Member of the Libyan House of Representatives, Jalal Shwehdi, stated that the final agreement on the laws will be debated in the upcoming days in the presence of the presidents of the Libyan House of Representatives and Council of State. 

Speaking on this occasion, Bourita affirmed that the conclusions of the meeting of the joint commission (6+6) significantly contributed to the process of finding a definitive solution to the Libyan crisis. 

Bourita emphasized that this stage can be decisive if it is accompanied by the implementation of compromises, as the Libyan House of Representatives and High Council of State (HCS) are the only bodies empowered to rule on issues relating to the organization of elections, noting that the two Libyan bodies have fulfilled, within the framework of the 6+6 commission, their respective missions assigned to them by the political agreement signed in 2016 in Skhirat.

Morocco is committed to finding a definitive solution to the Libyan crisis to guarantee Libya’s unity, stability, and progress, by supporting efforts to organize elections within a comprehensive, inclusive, and pragmatic framework.

The Bouznika meeting is a continuation of the series of meetings hosted by Morocco, bringing together several Libyan parties to strengthen dialogue on means of resolving the Libyan crisis, through an approach that provides the right space for dialogue and constructive consultation.

These meetings resulted in important agreements supporting the settlement process, notably the Skhirat Agreement (2015), the agreement between the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aguila Saleh, and the President of the Libyan High Council of State (HCS), Khalid al-Michri, in October 2022, on the implementation of the recommendations of the Bouznika process related to senior positions and the unification of executive power.

Morocco firmly believes that Libya’s legitimacy issue can only be resolved through presidential and parliamentary elections, which will enable Libyans to determine who will be entrusted with the country’s political governance.

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