Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Martin Kobler has welcomed the significant progress made in the latest draft constitution agreed on by members of the Constitution Drafting Assembly in their meeting in al-Baida on 19 April.
“I applaud the diligent effort, courage and commitment of all members of the Constitution Drafting Assembly in trying to forge agreement on a draft constitution that can serve as the basis moving Libya beyond the transition period, and building a new modern Libyan state, anchored in the principles of democracy and separation of powers, rule of law, and respect for human rights, including equality for all, and guaranteeing the rights of women and all components of the Libyan national identity,” he stated.
While lauding the hard work of all members of the Constitution Drafting Assembly, he encouraged all Assembly members, including those who have not participated in the work of the Assembly or its deliberations over the past few months, to uphold the higher national interest of Libya and its people and work together through inclusive consultation, while also ensuring continued respect for the principles governing the internal work of the Constitution Drafting Assembly.
Martin Kobler added, “Boycotting is not an option, boycotters should join the assembly and defend their opinion”.
“Any future referendum on the constitution must be an opportunity for the Libyan people to demonstrate their clear and unequivocal support of the fundamental pillar that will govern their country. This must be the cornerstone principle guiding the constitution making process,” said Martin Kobler.
He also reiterated the commitment of the United Nations to continue providing impartial technical support to the Constitution Drafting Assembly in full accordance with the principles of Libyan national sovereignty, ownership and independence.