Germany, the United States, France, Italy and the United Kingdom have urged Libyan officials to set a new date for the presidential election, which is set to take place today, and warned that they will “take responsibility” against those who threaten the process.
“We urge the relevant Libyan authorities to respect the wishes of the Libyan people and set a definite date for the early voting and release of the final candidate list,” the statement said. , Released today by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Libya’s Supreme Electoral Commission on Wednesday proposed postponing the first presidential election in the history of the former Italian colony due to a conflict between political and judicial powers over the nomination of candidates. All this in the midst of tensions threatening the ceasefire negotiated by Russia and Turkey a year ago, which has opened the door to a new UN-backed peace and reconciliation process.
In a statement issued today, they said Germany, the United States, France, Italy and the United Kingdom have congratulated Libya, the Supreme Electoral Commission, on “technical and logistics products” that were approved at an international conference in Paris on November 12. In a statement highlighting Russian and Turkish influence in Libya, the five powers warned that they would “blame” individuals or organizations “inside or outside the country” for obstructing the electoral process. The interlocutors said that “as mentioned in Security Council Resolution 2571, UN sanctions may be added to the list.”
Since the overthrow of dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi in 2011, many attempts to stabilize Libya, a hydrocarbon-rich country and a major route for irregular migration to Europe, have not been successful. And London praised the work of Stephanie Williams, the UN Special Adviser on Libya in this North African country.
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