Libya nearing key moment in its democratic transition, says UN envoy

10 May 2012 – Libya is nearing a key moment in its democratic transition with upcoming elections, the United Nations envoy for the North African country said today, while adding that the polls are just one part of a process that requires addressing key issues such as ensuring public security and promoting human rights.

“Elections are part of the transition; they are not the beginning and not the end,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya, Ian Martin, said in a briefing to the Security Council.

“Elections will help address some of the issues which plague the transitional authorities, but following the elections, Libyans must re-commit themselves to serious long-term state-building,” he added.

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