Libya: Conferences

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 13th December 2018.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Action Plan set out by the UN Special Envoy to Libya in September 2017, what recent assessment he has made of the progress made by Libya on preparations for a National Conference in that country.

Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on the (a) proposed terms of reference of and (b) the delegates to be invited to the National Conference in Libya proposed in the Action Plan set out by the UN Special Envoy to Libya in September 2017.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

We fully support the next steps in the inclusive political process set out by the Special Representative of the Secretary General in his briefing to the UN Security Council on 8 November and endorsed at the Palermo Conference on 12-13 November, including plans to convene a wide range of Libyan stakeholders at a National Conference in early 2019. The Special Representative has said the National Conference will aim to secure agreement on key issues relating to Libya's political transition, including the constitutional basis for elections, the sequencing and model of elections, and the equitable distribution of resources. We continue to engage with the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on preparatory work for the National Conference; involving delegates who represent a broad spectrum of Libyan society will be a key factor in its success.

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