New York (UNA-OIC) – The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to hold a session later on Thursday to address the situation in Libya and seek to advance the political process in the North African nation.
In addition to representatives of the Security Council members, the planned session will include senior officials, namely Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamdi Dbeibeh, Chadian Foreign Minister Mahamat Zein Cherif, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit.
The session is primarily designed to capitalize on the recent outcome of the internationally backed political process in Libya and move forward toward more measures to normalize the situation following years of violence and upheavals.
The Libyan parties, due to conciliatory efforts by the UN and other stakeholders, had agreed on a ceasefire and forming a national unity government to be tasked with organizing presidential and parliamentary elections by next December.
The meeting is expected to narrow the gulf between the Libyan parties regarding the forecast polls, discuss the lack of a budget for a unified state and the presence of thousands of foreign mercenaries and fighters in the country.
Other topics on the table are prospects of taking further moves toward confidence building to patch up Libya’s fractured social fabric and re-unify the state institutions, namely the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) that has two branches.
The participants in the meeting are also expected to re-throw political weight behind the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), whose mandate is set to be renewed in September.