UN urges sanctions against spoilers of next month Libyan talks for unity government
The UN acting envoy to Libya, Stephenie Williams has called for sanctions to be slapped on individuals who might spoil inter-Libyan talks next month to foster the formation of a unity government, Libya Observer reports.
“Frankly, you need a unified executive if you want to move toward national elections, because you need a national government to prepare for elections,” she said in an interview with Bloomberg Friday.
The UN official also reportedly stressed that Libyans are now really frightened at the complete loss of sovereignty, that there is so much foreign intervention in the country that is intolerable.
Morocco will host early next month delegations of the Libyan parliament controlled by the east-based interim government and the Libyan High Council of state aligned with the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) for a new round of talks on the criteria of officials heading the sovereign institutions.
Also early next month, October 5, Germany will convene Berlin II conference on Libya as follow-up on the first part held in January this year. The GNA and its rival interim government backed respectively by Turkey and Qatar on one side and UAE, Egypt, Russia, France on the other, are competing for the country’s control.
GNA leader Faiez Serraj is expected to step down next month as part of talks to lead to a unity government. Both sides have equally begun looking at the possibility of unifying the national budget, Libyan Central Bank board of directors’ member Emraje Ghaith reportedly told The New Arab newspaper.