Libya UN envoy hopes new draft of political deal can be agreed

Speaking to the press yesterday, Bernardino León, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, said the UN is preparing a new draft political deal on the future of the country, which would be handed to parties in the first week of June. He expects the new draft to address the concerns of all parties, but made it clear that it was impossible to have a text that has 100 per cent of the wishes and ideas of everyone reflected.“There will be an agreement if they understand clearly that they have to give up on important issues, that they have to be flexible,” he said. “A political agreement with concessions, even if it does not reflect the key concerns of the parties will be better than continuing this conflict that is going nowhere.”Efforts went beyond the political, he said, pointing to a security track, where negotiations were ongoing with different armed actors, the army, armed groups, militias and others. He stressed the role of the international community, the UN and the European Union (EU) in future security arrangements.“These two elements – political and security – have to work together if we want a stable Libya which will soundly return to democracy in the future,” he said.He said that the second session of meetings focused on the role of the EU and the Organization’s partnership with the UN, noting that dialogue-centred approaches were “in the DNA” of both organizations and stressing the convergence that exists between them.“Our views are the same about Libya,” he said. “It has to be a Libyan-owned process, a Libyan-Libyan solution with the support of the International community.”The EU’s historical links to Libya in terms of trade, economics and politics were extensive and Mr León said the EU was a very important partner, as well as Libya’s neighbours, with whom the UN was also working closely. He underscored it was “difficult to say” whether the new draft would bring about agreement within three or four weeks but he underlined the existence of the possibility and stressed that Libyans have a very clear idea that such an agreement was the only solution to their current predicament.“Libya is on the verge of economic and financial collapse,” he explained, noting that the country is “facing a huge security threat” in the form of Da’esh (also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant or ISIL), as well as increasing political division.“Da’esh is trying to build strong bases in Libya. Libya also is facing an increasing political division with these competing institutions in the east and in the west, so all these challenges will oppose the possibility of an agreement,” he said, stressing: “This is the context in which we are working, the context in which we are proposing this agreement and in three, four weeks we will see whether it is working or not.” read more

Oxford alumni attack college over bitter campaign against dean

“However, the tribunal made some criticism of the Dean’s conduct and found that there was one breach of his fiduciary duty.” Last month Christ Church announced that its internal tribunal did not uphold the charges bought against him and that there had been “no cause” to remove him from his post.   Now Robin Priest, the chair of the Christ Church Association Committee which represents alumni, has written to the Governing Body urging the College to bring the “tawdry and damaging episode” to a close.The letter, seen by The Telegraph, says: “Our overriding concern is to help the House to recover from the bitter campaign against the Dean and the misguided proceedings of the past two years.”It goes on to ask question how alumni will be able to “regain confidence in the House after such a catastrophic misjudgment and failure of Governance”.Mr Priest urges the College to publish the Tribunal’s findings, arguing: “It is wrong that those who brought the charges against the Dean, which were found to be baseless, should now try to hide their actions.“It is even less acceptable if those same people are continuing to spend the College’s money on an attempted cover up.”Last month the Christ Church said in a statement that the complaint process has concluded, and Dr Percy would resume his duties as Dean.“As required by Christ Church’s Statutes, an internal tribunal was convened to consider a complaint raised against the Dean in September 2018,” they said.“Following a thorough investigation, the tribunal has decided that the charges are not upheld and that there is no cause to remove the Dean as Head of House. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Oxford alumni have attacked Christ Church college for waging a “bitter campaign” against the Dean.The college has been accused of a “catastrophic misjudgement” over its failed attempts to oust The Very Rev Professor Martyn Percy, who presides over both Christ Church college and Cathedral.He was suspended last November, a move with led to an outcry from alumni who felt he had been treated unfairly.Christ Church, which was founded by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, said that Dr Percy had committed “immoral, scandalous or disgraceful” conduct, prompting speculation about the nature of his alleged offences.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Under pressure to clarify the nature of the allegations, the College later wrote to thousands of alumni to clarify that Dr Percy’s suspension related to a dispute over pay.Under Christ Church’s statutes, the dean can only be removed from office under specific circumstances.These include being convicted of an offence that renders the dean unfit for office, conduct that constitutes persistent failure or neglect of duties, physical or mental incapacity — or behaviour of an “immoral, scandalous or disgraceful nature”. Oxford University, Christ ChurchCredit: Ian Jones Oxford University, Christ Church read more