The Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Martin Kobler has issued a press release welcoming the progress made on the latest draft constitution agreed upon in a meeting in Bayda on April 19.
|The Constitution Drafting Assembly(CDA) met in Bayda after previous meetings in Oman. Kobler said:|
“I applaud the diligent effort, courage and commitment of all members of the Constitution Drafting Assembly in trying to forge agreement on a draft constitution that can serve as the basis moving Libya beyond the transition period, and building a new modern Libyan state, anchored in the principles of democracy and separation of powers, rule of law, and respect for human rights, including equality for all, and guaranteeing the rights of women and all components of the Libyan national identity."
“Boycotting is not an option, boycotters should join the assembly and defend their opinion”.Whether Kobler likes it or not, there are a number of people boycotting the meetings of the CDA. Kobler said:
“Any future referendum on the constitution must be an opportunity for the Libyan people to demonstrate their clear and unequivocal support of the fundamental pillar that will govern their country. This must be the cornerstone principle guiding the constitution making process.”As usual, Kobler leaves many important aspects of the situation out of his release, especially those that contradict his rosy outlook.
Over the last period, a number of CDA members have been holding consultation meetings in Oman, after which they announced an agreement on some of the disputed issues. Then, the CDA members came back and held a session in Al-Bayda, where they amended the internal regulations to allow lessening the quorum required for passing any item in the draft.This is just one more example where the UN sanctions breaking of the rules when there are difficulties preventing what they want done.