Spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Stéphane Dujarric confirmed that the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser to Libya, Stephanie Williams will remain in her position for the current time.
This came in response to an international dispute over her replacement, and the appointment of a new UN envoy.
In press statements, Dujarric said: “There is no time frame that I can share with anyone, and Williams continues so far.”
He indicated that Williams is currently preparing a full report on the recent meetings she organised with Libya’s rival parties. It is due to be submitted to the Secretary-General, and includes her recommendations and alternative solutions.
Washington is looking to extend the UN Mission (UNSMIL) for another year, with Williams leading. The current dispute is escalating between the West and Russia, over the mechanism for selecting a new envoy.
Last month, Libya’s Parliament-designated Prime Minister, Fathi Bashagha said the UN mandate to reach a pathway to elections has now officially expired.
In a letter sent to the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, Bashagha said he will lead all efforts to hold elections in Libya at the earliest possible opportunity.
He praised the UN’s tireless efforts over the past 11 years, and assistance in helping build a free and democratic Libya. “However, it is now time that a Libyan solution be found to bring forth elections. This must also guarantee Libyans the quality of life they deserve and demand,” Bashagha added.
He noted his ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ illustrates the need to focus not only on elections, but also on offering a “multi-dimensional solution to the challenges facing Libya.”
“As you know, Libya is going through a sensitive stage, and it is the duty of all leaders in Libya and around the world who believe in democracy to work together to find a solution to the challenges facing the country,” he said.
The Prime Minister said he welcomes UN help in implementing the roadmap, which he is confident will “create a free, fair, prosperous and secure Libya.”