Statement of SRSG Martin Kobler to the Eighth Ministerial Meeting of Libya’s Neighbouring Countries 22 March 2016 “A united neighbourhood in support of a united Libya”
Your Excellency, Minister Jhinaoui,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am honoured to be here today and to have an opportunity to address you in this important forum.
I am pleased to see that Libya is represented today by His Excellency the President of the Presidency Council Mr. Fayez Serraj.
I would like to begin by thanking our Tunisian hosts for organizing this very timely meeting, as well as for their hospitality in hosting another round of the UN-facilitated Libyan Political Dialogue earlier this month.
I would also like to thank the Governments of Egypt and Algeria, and all Libya’s neighbours, for their continued political engagement and support to the implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement.
I am especially delighted to see present here today the Secretary-General of the Arab League, His Excellency Dr. Nabil El Araby and the High Representative of the African Union for Libya His Excellency President Jajata Kikwete.
Since this forum has last met in December last year, the Libyan political process towards a democratic transition has reached a number of milestones.
The Libyan Political Agreement was signed in December, and approved by the House of Representatives in January. The Presidency Council has established a Temporary Security Committee and formed a cabinet, which received express approval from a commanding majority of members of the House of Representatives.
At the same time, the process remains very precarious.