Algerian Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum said on Wednesday that holding elections in Libya would open prospects for restoring peace and stability in that country, stressing the need to unify Libyan institutions.
This is what emerges from his speech delivered during his participation in the second Berlin Conference on Libya which started this Wednesday in the German capital, Berlin. “For us, there is no West, East, North, or South. There is only one Libya,” he said.
The Algerian diplomat added, “therefore, there must be unified institutions to fulfill the legitimate aspirations of the Libyan people in their diversity.”
Boukadoum noted that “the reunification of Libyan national institutions, especially those responsible for security and defense, is essential not only for the security of Libya but for the region as a whole”.
He said his country believes that “the elections are the key to resolving the issue of leadership and will open new horizons to restore peace and stability in the country.”
Boukadoum stressed that “the preparations necessary for the holding of free, fair and secure elections on December 24 should be completed as soon as possible.”
“This includes, in particular, the clarification of the constitutional basis and the adoption of electoral legislation to ensure that the Libyans do not miss this important step,” he concluded.
In January 2020, Berlin hosted a conference with international participation to help find a solution to the Libyan conflict, which resulted in recommendations including an agreement for a comprehensive and lasting ceasefire in the country.
Libya, a country rich in oil, has experienced a political breakthrough in recent months. A unity government and a new Presidential Council took office on March 16, 2021, to lead the country to the legislative and presidential elections scheduled for December 24.