India at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Monday expressed deep concern over the re-emergence of terrorist groups and their activities in Libya, stressing that these affiliated entities must be combated to avoid the expansion of urban warfare. . Speaking at the UNSC briefing on Libya, Indian Chargé d’Affaires R. Ravindra stressed that the resurgence of these terrorist groups and organizations “must not be allowed ‘to remain among the civilian population'” without contest” in Libya. He also called for a peaceful resolution of conflicts in the war-torn country.
“We remain concerned about the resurgence of terrorist activities in Libya, and we reaffirm that terrorist groups and affiliated entities must not be allowed to operate unchallenged in Libya,” New Delhi’s permanent representative to the UN said. in New York during a UNSC briefing. on Libya.
The Chargé d’Affaires nevertheless welcomed the progress made by the Presidents of the Chamber of Representatives and the High Council of State, meeting in Geneva on 28 and 29 June. He went on to stress that the authorities must find a concrete solution to the political issues in the interests of the Libyan people. “It is imperative that all outstanding political issues be resolved peacefully by the parties concerned, keeping in mind the broader interest of the Libyan people,” Ravindra said.
The Permanent Representative further underlined the need to hold systematic, free and fair presidential and parliamentary polls “as soon as possible”. He added that India hoped all parties would work together to maintain peace and stability in Libya. “An immediate priority for Libya is to hold presidential and parliamentary elections as soon as possible in a free, fair, inclusive and credible manner.” He concluded that India looked forward to an early consensus among Libyan parties on the constitutional basis for holding the elections.
The Libyan conflict
For the uninitiated, Libya has been mired in a whirlwind of civil unrest since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi. Libya’s first war broke out in 2011 between Gaddafi’s forces and rebel groups who aimed to overthrow his government, paving the way for the Libyan revolution. Since then, the country has remained divided, dragging the war-ravaged nation into a deepening humanitarian crisis. Moreover, the political-military conflict escalated after the rebels refused to accept the government appointed by the House of Representatives in Tripoli. The country did not hold its national elections in December 2021 due to disagreements between opposition parties.