The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, confirmed that the UN envoy Abdoulaye Bathily has achieved limited progress in the political track in Libya, but some actors did not nominate their representatives for the preparatory meetings, or set preconditions for their participation. These remarks came prior to the UN envoy’s briefing on Tuesday.

Guterres noted in his report on the situation in Libya the stagnation of the political process and economic deterioration, which led to the outbreak of protests against the government in various locations in western Libya, especially in Misrata and Al-Zawiya.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations added that Bathily held multiple rounds of consultations with Menfi, Dbeibah, Aqila Saleh, Mohammed Takala and Haftar to encourage them to participate in the proposed dialogue initiative, stressing the need to accelerate collective efforts in order to create conditions conducive to holding elections and warning them of the possible consequences if the parties fail to reach an agreement.

Guterres pointed out that the UN envoy also continued to communicate with the security, military and civilian authorities throughout Libya to discuss ways to mitigate the risks of the spread of crises in neighboring countries and create conducive conditions to provide a safe environment for the elections.

He added that some areas of the country witnessed the outbreak of demonstrations amid the decline in the value of the Libyan dinar and the fee imposed on the official exchange rate of foreign currencies, which is not welcome by the people.

Bathily has given today his monthly briefing to the UN Security Council on the situation in Libya.