Libyan HoR, HCS constitutional meetings kick off in Geneva
Consultation meetings for a constitutional framework for elections by the Head of the High Council of State (HCS) Khalid Al-Mishri and Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR) Aqila Saleh started Tuesday in Geneva in the presence of the UN Advisor on Libya, Stephanie Williams.
Williams said in her opening remarks that the meetings will discuss a final and important element which has remained outstanding during the constitutional talks in Cairo and that requires HoR and HCS leadership to reach consensus, which is the transitional measures: timelines, modalities and milestones to guarantee a clear path to the holding of national elections as soon possible, through joint work and a consensual outcome.
"I have witnessed an unprecedented level of cooperation between the institutions and you have now reached a critical stage of what has been a long and difficult path. It is now the time to make a final and courageous effort to ensure that this historic compromise takes place, for the sake of Libya, the Libyan people and the credibility of its institutions." She added.
Saleh, on the other hand, said the meetings "are a chance for consensus among the constitutional committee members," adding that the constitution should ensure freedom, social justice and civilian state status, according to the Libyan News Agency.
"The HoR is trying to prevail national reconciliation and using reason to achieving social security and dialogue. Elections are one of the preconditions of stability and a basis for consensus and rebuilding as well as a way to resolve the issues of the displaced and forcefully displaced people." Saleh said.