The UN envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, has called upon all Libyan leaders to consider how they wish to be remembered in the history of their country, encouraging them to be a driving force in resolving Libya’s protracted crisis; agree on a solution based on a national compromise; and avoid escalatory action that would threaten Libya’s already fragile stability and unity. 

Bathily made his remarks to congratulate Libyans on the 71st anniversary of Libya Independence Day (December 24).

"This year, however, Independence Day feels bittersweet as it also marks the first anniversary of the postponement of general elections which were supposed to be held on 24 December 2021. Libya has lost a year in its path toward lasting peace, sustained stability, and prosperity – a year during which peace and reconciliation could have begun." He said.

Bathily said the patience of the Libyan people is running out and it is time to prioritize the needs of the nation and the public – including the 2.8 million Libyans who already registered to vote.

"Libyan leaders must map an end to the transitional period, bring the country to elections and respect the people’s right to determine their future. I reiterate my call to Libyans from all walks of life to make sure 2023 marks the beginning of a new era for the country, including through the holding of free and fair elections." He explained.