US Embassy: Several LPDF Members Introduced “Poison Pills” To Ensure Elections Would Not Be Held – Al Marsad

The US Embassy and Special Envoy Ambassador Richard Norland issued a stern statement this evening following the failure of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) round in Geneva today. The US statement said that several LPDF members tried to introduce “poison pills” to ensure that elections would not be held by prolonging the constitutional process or setting new conditions that must be met for elections.

(LIBYA, 2 July 2021) – The US Embassy and Special Envoy Ambassador Richard Norland posted the statement on its official page. The statement read as follows:

“In November 2020, the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum met and made key determinations regarding Libya’s future. The LPDF Roadmap ‘for the Preparatory Phase of a Comprehensive Solution’ was welcomed by Libyans and the international community alike. The roadmap set a date of December 24 for general elections; it was enshrined in international law by the Security Council and has become central in the Berlin process, including in the conclusions of the Berlin ministerial held just last week. We have watched the LPDF meetings this week in Geneva closely, including several members who appear to be trying to insert ‘poison pills’ that will ensure elections will not happen—either by prolonging the constitutional process or by creating new conditions that must be met for elections to occur. Some of these individuals claim to be working on behalf of political leaders who have given the United States clear assurances that they support elections on 24 December.

“Ultimately, Libya’s future can only be determined by Libyans. UNSMIL has worked diligently to facilitate discussions, despite challenges brought by COVID, but it cannot make decisions on behalf of Libyans. We hope the 75 Libyans in the LPDF will re-dedicate themselves to allowing the 7 million Libyans throughout the country to have a voice in shaping Libya’s future. We stand ready to help the Government of National Unity provide basic services and prepare for national elections until its mandate ends in December and we look forward to hearing the platforms and positions of Libyan candidates as they debate the best ways of solving long-term issues such as the electricity crisis, providing liquidity to Libya’s business sector, fighting corruption, dealing with foreign forces and mercenaries, creating jobs, ensuring security, and finding a path for Libya—a country rich in resources and history—to prosper in peace.” — Special Envoy and Ambassador Richard Norland