25 November 2014 –Against the backdrop of the dangerous escalation in military operations in Libya and on-going UN mediation efforts to contain the situation, on 25 November SRSG Leon spoke by phone to Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni, Head of Libya’s interim government. The two discussed possible options for ending armed hostilities, including a cessation of aerial attacks against Mitiga Airport in Tripoli, and other areas in western Libya.
The SRSG noted his concern that the latest military developments would further complicate the overall situation in the country, and undermine efforts to resolve the current crisis through peaceful means.
During the call, SRSG Leon emphasised the need for a conducive environment in order to allow for a resumption of the political process. He informed Prime Minister al-Thinni of his intention to press ahead with his mediation efforts, and to convene a new round of talks in Ghadames at the earliest opportunity. Building on the dialogue initiative launched in Ghadames on 29 September, the new round would bring together all the major stakeholders with the aim of forging consensus on ending the current state of polarisation and division affecting the State and its institutions.
SRSG Leon briefed Prime Minister al-Thinni on his on-going contacts with all the different parties, including with the Libya Dawn camp, in order to defuse growing tensions. He vowed to intensify his efforts in this regard.
For his part, Prime Minister al-Thinni outlined a number of conditions for the success of dialogue. SRSG Leon stressed that all issues of concerns ought to be dealt with and addressed within the framework of dialogue discussions.
SRSG Leon welcomed the Interim Government’s commitment to dialogue and to work on ensuring conducive conditions for a new round of talks to convene at the earliest opportunity. Both agreed to remain in close touch and to remain in closely engaged on this issue.
United Nations Support Mission to Libya
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