The UN envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily stated that “the patience of the Libyan people is running out as they wait to see their country united once again and exercise their right to choose their leaders and representatives, granting legitimacy to the state institutions that govern the country.” He further emphasized that they have reached a decisive stage on the path to elections.
In a congratulatory message for the occasion of Eid al-Adha, Patel added that the current situation in the country is no longer sustainable. He affirmed that Eid is an opportunity to reflect on the values of sacrifice, unity, and coming together, expressing his hope that these values will inspire Libyan leaders and those in positions of responsibility to take the necessary and urgent courageous steps for a stable, unified, and prosperous future for Libya.
Patel reaffirmed his commitment to fulfill his role and efforts in facilitating dialogue among all parties, aiming to find Libyan-led solutions that pave the way for successful national elections. He considered this step crucial to continue the process of national reconciliation and rebuild a unified, stable, and prosperous Libya for all its citizens.
During a briefing to the Security Council, Patel welcomed the efforts of the “6+6” Committee but deemed them insufficient to resolve the most contentious issues. He highlighted concerns regarding the conditions for presidential candidacy, mandatory second rounds in presidential elections even if a candidate receives more than 50% of the votes in the first round, the non-conduct of parliamentary elections if the first round of presidential elections fails, and provisions for forming a new interim government before holding elections. He warned against these issues that could lead the electoral process to a dead-end, as seen in 2021.