Condemnations of the prevention of the return of Tawergha IDPs from entering their city as ordered by the Presidential Council of the UN-brokered government weighed in by different parties in Libya and by the UN mission in the country.
Last June, the PC agreed on the deal between the two reconciliation committees of Tawergha and Misrata that was signed August 2016 under the auspices of the United Nations.
Tawergha families were barred from returning to their city last Thursday as per the orders of the PC based on the Tawergha and Misrata agreement.
United Nations Support Mission in Libya
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said it deeply regrets that families from the Tawergha community were prevented from returning to their homes by some extremist elements, deploring the threats that were made against the Tawergha community while attempting to return safely to their homes and strongly denounces attempts at financial extortion in exchange for their return.
The UNSMIL added in a statement that the United Nations has supported the Misrata-Tawergha reconciliation agreement process for over two years, saying it had welcomed the decision of the UN-brokered government to implement the Misrata-Tawergha agreement and to allocate funds to compensate those affected by the painful events that took place in that area.
“UNSMIL welcomes the GNA’s call on the Tawergha community to return to their homes starting 1 February and expressed its full readiness to contribute to the success of this return through the different competencies of the UN Agencies.” The statement explains.
The UNSMIL also called for reason to prevail and for the agreement to be implemented in order to secure the safe return of the displaced and to financially compensate those affected, as committed by the UN-brokered government.
“There is an opportunity to benefit from the international community’s willingness to support this process.” It added.
Sustainable stability in Libya necessitates that right-holders enjoy their rights, displaced return to their homes and the spirit of understanding and harmony prevail among Libyans, the UNSMIL indicated.
The Presidential Council (PC) of the UN-brokered government said attacking Tawergha displaced families in the open air near Gararat Al-Gataf is an attempt to undermine the reconciliation efforts between Misrata and Tawergha.
The PC added in a statement that the armed group that attacked the families are fighting the Libyans’ efforts to achieve accord and unity in Libya.
“Such an attempt is another nail in the coffin of reconciliation and stability in the country.” The PC added, saying it will continue to work on achieving the agreement between the two cities until the displaced families are safely returned to their homes.
Uncertainty on the horizon
Until today, the IDPs of Tawergha are still barred from entering their city, which they were forced to leave seven years ago.