NEW YORK, 8 FEBBRAIO – More than a year after the signature of the Political Agreement for Libya, the UN Special Representative for Libya Martin Kobler noted improvement in the general political climate in the country although the humanitarian situation remains dire. “All Libyan institutions must uphold their responsibilities and obligations to implement the LPA so they can address needs of Libyan citizens”, Kobler said, expressing his wish that “2017 will be the year of decisions on possible amendments to LPA, which will enable the House of Representative to endorse the Government of National Accord on how to form a united army and police force”.
The UNSR spoke during an open session of the Security Council followed by closed doors consultations and later, after the meeting was over, with the international press. Addressing the issue of migrations he said that “at this stage migrants can be repatriated to Libya”. Kobler said that he understands European concerns, but that on the issue of migrations, Libya is a victim as well as the EU. There i a need to address root causes in the countries of Africa that people leave for political and economic reasons. The UNSR is going in the next few days to Geneva to discuss the issue with UNHCR’s Grandi, the High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid al Hussein and IOM.
Italy and others major players in the region spoke during the second, closed doors, segment of the meeting. Addressing the Council, Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi stressed the importance of the LPA which has allowed progress in the process of consolidation of the Libyan institutions. The Italian Permanent Representative recalled the dramatic situation in Libya before the signature of the LPA, and called upon the opportunity to build on what has been accomplished so far with the full support of the international community.
Cardi then recalled the recent reactivation of the Italian Embassy in Tripoli, “a clear sign of our support to the LPA and the institutions it created; more in general, a tangible message of support to the Libyan people, in the whole country, including in the east and the south”. The Italian PR informed the Council of the recent mission of Ambassador Giuseppe Perrone in Tobruk, only a few days after his inauguration. More initiatives will follow up. Cardi called upon other countries to re-establish their diplomatic presence in Libya.
The Italian Ambassador spoke also on the migration crisis quoting the Minister of Foreign Affairs Angelino Alfano on Italy’s committment to tackle the problem combining security and solidarity. Cardi stressed Italy’s grave concern for human trafficking, calling for a common effort to enhance the capacity of the Libyan authorities to disrupt criminal networks that exploit illegal migration flows: in that respect a crucial first step was the signature in Rome of a Memorandum of Understanding by Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and his Libyan colleague Fayez al-Sarraj. (@OnuItalia)