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UN / LIBYA

STORY: UN / LIBYA
TRT: 02:20
SOURCE: UNIFEED
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ARABIC / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 21 MAY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

SHOTLIST:

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

21 MAY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL):
“Meetings have been held from Tripoli to Shahat, the western Nafusa mountains to the eastern Green mountains, the southwest border town of Ghat to the town of Qatrun in the extreme south; all without a single security incident recorded. Libyans from all political stripes and segments of society gathered to enter the political conversation, many for the first time with an enthusiasm that could not have been predicted. They have made it their own.”
4. Med shot, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL):
“At the core of the public mood is a strong desire of renewal of the political scene, the assertion of local power, and a return to a more normal life with more regular institutions. This has fuelled their call for elections which has been heard increasingly loudly and clearly; through the Voter Registration update, within opinion polling, and now, in during National Conference meetings.”
6. Med shot, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL):
“The aspirations of millions cannot be halted by those few who wish to maintain the status quo for their own personal benefit. Parallel bodies that continue to exist beyond their mandate must be dissolved. Elections must be held. The country must move forward. But this can only be achieved with the support of this Council. When Libya hears conflicting messages, we only add to division and give opportunity to those seeking to derail the process. But when you speak with a clear and single voice, Libyans, believe you me, listen.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Elmahdi S. Elmajerbi, Chargé d’affaires, Permanent Mission of Libya to the United Nations:
“The prominence of the phenomenon of terrorism and terrorist groups in Libya is the result of thoughts and ideologies foreign to the moderate and tolerant nature of the Libyan people which are unfortunately being fed by imported ideas which have no connection to the teachings of our Islamic faith. [These groups] are working to create divisions and spread strife, chaos, and destruction in the country.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

UN Special Representative for Libya Ghassan Salamé said the aspirations of millions in the country cannot be “halted by those few who wish to maintain the status quo for their own personal benefit.”

Addressing the Security Council via teleconference from Paris, Salamé said National Conference meetings spanned the country “without a single security incident recorded.” He added, “Libyans from all political stripes and segments of society gathered to enter the political conversation, many for the first time with an enthusiasm that could not have been predicted; they have made it their own.”

The Special Representative noted that some points of consensus have begun to crystalize, including a yearning for a united and sovereign nation and a belief that, to achieve this, the state must be more decentralized. He said Libyans expressed an urgent need for a fairer distribution of public resources, a strong desire for unified state institutions, and called for elections which can unite the country.

Salamé told the Council the advancement of the political process was vital adding that at the core of the public mood is a “strong desire of renewal of the political scene, the assertion of local power, and a return to a more normal life with more regular institutions.” He added that this sentiment has “fuelled their call for elections which has been heard increasingly loudly and clearly; through the Voter Registration update, within opinion polling, and now, in during National Conference meetings.”

However, the Special Representative said, while elections must be held as soon as possible, the proper conditions must be in place. A new round of voter registration, prior commitment to accept the results, appropriate funds and strong security arrangements, are also needed.

Salamé called for support from the Security Council for elections to be held and the country to move forward. He noted that when Libya hears conflicting messages, it only adds “to the division and gives an opportunity to those seeking to derail the process.”

Libyan ambassador Elmahdi Elmajerbi said the Government of National Accord fully supports the holding of Presidential and parliamentary elections. He called for international efforts to help bring Libya out of its crisis and reach a democratic state which respects its citizen’s rights and combats terrorism. Elmajerbi said terrorism in Libya was the result of ideologies “foreign to the moderate and tolerant nature of the Libyan people which are unfortunately being fed by imported ideas which have no connection to the teachings of our Islamic faith.” He said terrorist groups are working to “create divisions and spread strife, chaos, and destruction in the country.” The Libyan ambassador stressed that no political plan could succeed in the country without resolving the security challenges it faces.

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