The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, confirmed in a report published on Wednesday on the situation in Libya that the political process reached a critical stage, and it had become imperative for all parties to demonstrate their declared commitment to holding elections by making the necessary concessions to reach an implementable electoral framework.

Guterres stressed the need for regional and other organizations such as the African and European Unions, the League of Arab States, as well as the member states of the Security Council to continue to provide the necessary support for the UN efforts to facilitate discussions and ensure a sustainable path leading to peace and stability.

"I took note of the efforts made by the 6+6 joint committee between the House of Representatives and the High Council of State to develop draft laws that facilitate the holding of presidential and parliamentary elections as soon as possible,” Guterres said, noting that there are still major issues in the draft laws, which necessitated reaching a political consensus among stakeholders. 

The UN envoy, Abdoulaye Bathily, will intensify negotiations to mobilize the main stakeholders in order to reach an inclusive political agreement for all that leads to successful elections.

In terms of security, Guterres said that despite the security operations carried out by the Government of National Unity in Al-Zawiya and other major cities on the western coast to address human trafficking activities and stop armed clashes in Tripoli, the security situation is still fragile.

On the situation in Sudan, the Secretary-General indicated that the war was a cause of concern that could have humanitarian and security repercussions for neighboring countries, including Libya, stressing the need to make all efforts to limit the ongoing fighting due to its destabilizing effect in the region.