UN welcomes Libyan Prime Minister’s peace plan

United Nations Mission in Libya – UNSMIL. [Photo: Libyan Express]
UNSMIL has welcomed the peace initiative proposed Sunday by the Prime Minister of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez Al-Sirraj.

UNSMIL said in statement on Sunday, following the proposal, that it also welcomes any other initiative by Libya’s major actors to end the country’s long state of conflict.

“Fayez Al-Sirraj today announced a constructive proposal to advance the political process towards ending Libya’s long state of conflict. UNSMIL welcomes the initiative, and any other initiative proposed by any of Libya’s major actors and offers its good offices to assist the country to emerge from its long state of transition towards a period of peace, stability and prosperity.” UNSMIL wrote on its Facebook page.

Al-Sirraj has proposed holding a Libyan National Conference “Multaqa Watani” under the supervision of UN mission in the country to pave the way for a constitutional basis for elections, which  he said should be held in 2019.

Al-Sirraj added on Sunday in a press conference in Tripoli that the national conference will include all Libyans who are willing to build a civilian state, democracy, peace, and unity, saying it will exclude the Libyan parties that are advocating for military rule, dictatorship, and totalitarian rule.

The GNA’s PM indicated that their forces have been very successful in foiling the destruction and militarization of Tripoli by defending it against the attacking forces of “warlord Khalifa Haftar.”

He also deplored the killing of civilians and the airstrikes on civilian, public and private properties by Haftar’s forces, saying such acts are considered war crimes.

“GNA has requested a war crimes’ probe into the airstrikes and shelling of civilian areas and of public and private properties by Haftar’s forces in order to hold the perpetrators accountable for their actions.” Al-Sirraj added.

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