By Libya Herald reporters.
Tripoli, 23 March 2015:
UNSMIL boss has said that a Libyan municipalities’ council should play a key political role . . .[restrict]in the new Libya.
Lifting the curtain on part of the deal that it seems may emerging from the latest dialogue in Morocco, Leon said of any such new body: “This is not about confidence-building measures; this is not about basic services for the citizens; no this is about the key institutions that have to take Libya out of this mess, out of this war and together with the legislative power, together with the executive power, we will propose that there is a municipalities council”.
Leon said that the group of mayors and councillors who appeared to represent most towns and cities – UNSMIL has not yet published a list of attendees – would be “ a fantastic starting point” for the new organisation. He said that of course Libya needed many other institutions but he insisted that the municipalities had to play a key role.
Flanked by a serious looking Federica Mogherini, the EU foreign policy chief, Leon said that during their Brussels stay the councillors were going to meet some of the most important humanitarian organisations. These could be tapped to support projects within individual towns and cities. They had the knowledge to help Libya rebuild.
But of course first of all the militias had to realise that their day had past and they should leave town or disarm. [/restrict]