Support for holding inclusive presidential and parliamentary elections in Libya “in the shortest time possible” has been reiterated by the United States and four European countries.
Following their closed meeting in New York on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, a joint statement was issued by the representatives of the US, UK, France, Italy, and Germany in Libya.
Support for Special Representative of the Secretary-General Abdoulaye Bathily, as he takes up his mandate to advance political stability and reconciliation among Libyans, has been expressed by representatives of the five countries.
The importance of having a “transparent management of oil revenues and agreeing on a unified executive with a mandate focused on preparing for elections” was underlined by the statement.
“Any use of violence and reiterated their support for full implementation of the October 23, 2020 cease-fire agreement” between Libya’s warring rivals was also rejected by the countries mentioned.
Since 2011, when longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi was ousted after four decades in power, oil-rich Libya has remained in turmoil.