Meeting between heads of HoR, HCS in Zintan called off at last minute

Meeting between heads of HoR, HCS in Zintan called off at last minute

December 04, 2022 - 15:04
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

A meeting between Parliament speaker Aqila Saleh and the High Council of State Head, Khaled Al-Mishri, which was scheduled for December 4, has been called off, a statement by the UN mission disclosed on Saturday.

"For logistical reasons beyond our control, this important meeting for the resumption of the political dialogue between the HoR and the HCS cannot take place in Zintan," the Head of the UN Support Mission In Libya (UNSMIL) Abdoulaye Bathily stated.

According to media reports, Saleh and Al-Mishri had recently met in Cairo for talks on elections and the fate of the executive authority, which the GNU government based in Tripoli, rejects.

Bathily urged all Libyan institutions, including the HoR and the HSC, to engage in dialogue in the search for a solution and agree on a mutually acceptable location and date for their meeting.

The UN officials also called on Libyans and public institutions, including the Presidential Council, judiciary, and security institutions, to make their voices and concerns heard to end the current deadlock.

"The people of Libya deserve the opportunity to cast their ballot and chose their future leaders."

Bathily reiterated the UN's support to ensure a successful outcome to the meeting, which "must provide answers" to the growing frustrations and aspirations of the more than 2.8 million registered voters in Libya and allow them to bestow legitimacy to the future leaders and institutions of their country.

Mayor Omran Al-Ambani of Zintan has revealed in a press statement that the Municipal Council of Zintan received a request from the UNSMIL to host a meeting between the HoR Speaker Saleh and the HCS head Al-Mishri.

Al-Amiani said the municipality stipulated that the Government of National Unity approves the meeting as per the correct administrative sequence followed in this regard.