Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, UK, and US Urge All Libyan Leaders to Respect the Electoral Process – Al Marsad

The Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States issued a joint statement today that stresses the “divisive and destabilizing role played by mercenaries, foreign fighters, and foreign forces” and applaud the Action Plan by the 5+5 Joint Military Committee (JMC) and their patriotism. They urge all Libyan leaders to respect the electoral process.

The joint statement by the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States commended the Libya Stabilisation Conference that was held in Tripoli on 21 October and the efforts shown by the international community to “support for the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, and national unity of Libya.”

They emphasized the need for all parties to adhere to international law and stressed the rejection of foreign interference in Libyan affairs and the “divisive and destabilizing role played by mercenaries, foreign fighters, and foreign forces”.

The statement said the Action Plan developed by the 5+5 Joint Military Committee (JMC), which was signed on 8 October, was “consistent with the Ceasefire Agreement of 23 October 2020, United Nations Security Council Resolutions 2570 (2021) and 2571(2021) and the outcomes of the Berlin Conferences.”

They stressed Libya’s great potential “should its positive trajectory continue towards the holding of Presidential and Parliamentary elections on 24 December”, which follow the Roadmap of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) in Tunis in November 2020, and “asserted in UNSC Resolution 2570, are an essential step in further stabilizing and uniting Libya, and their results should be respected by all.”

The statement added, that “[o]n the basis of those two elections, the Libyan institutions and leaders will have a fresh mandate from the people that will allow them to fulfill important duties such as improving infrastructure, providing medical care, and ensuring Libyan youth receive a quality education.”

The embassies of the five countries said they are committed to cooperate with Libya on issues such as terrorism, migration, climate change and protection of the environment. “Improved stability in Libya will also lead to increased investment, which in turn creates jobs and improves livelihoods for all Libyans”, said the statement.

They welcomed the commitment made by the interim Government of National Unity (GNU) at the Libya Stability Conference to fully support HNEC in the preparation of the December elections and provide the necessary funding and security measures. The statement stressed the importance of “protecting the integrity of elections” and urged all Libyan leaders to respect the elections process.

The five embassies also welcomed the announcement by the High National Elections Commission (HNEC) that the endorsement list forms required for presidential and parliamentary candidates will be published by them very soon. “We reiterate our support to HNEC as it conducts its mandate in full independence and we urge all actors to heed its technical advice and respect its expertise; we condemn all actors who undermine its action by threat or obstruction”, said the statement.

They also warned that “individuals or entities engaging in, or providing support for acts that threaten the peace, stability or security of Libya or that obstruct or undermine the successful completion of its political transition, may be designated by the Committee established pursuant to paragraph 24 of resolution 1970 (2011) for the travel ban and asset freeze measures.”

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