Joint statement on the situation in Libya


The text of the following statement was released by the governments of the United States of America, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom:

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France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States of America welcome the progress made in talks between the Joint Committee of the House of Representatives and the High Council of State in Cairo, facilitated by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) were supported. . We welcome the level of consensus reached so far towards an agreement and commend the work of the Special Adviser to UN Secretary-General Stephanie Williams and UNSMIL.

We call on the House of Representatives, the High Council of State and their leaders to urgently finalize the legal basis to hold credible, transparent and inclusive presidential and legislative elections as soon as possible, as outlined in UNSCR 2570 (2021), the LPDF Roadmap, the Libya Stabilization Conference, the conclusions of the Berlin II Conference and the Paris Conference Declaration on Libya.

The LPDF roadmap set the end of the transition phase for June 22, provided that presidential and parliamentary elections are held on December 24, 2021, which was not the case. We stress the need for a unified Libyan government capable of governing and conducting these elections across the country, which will be achieved through dialogue and compromise as quickly as possible. We firmly oppose acts that could lead to violence or wider divisions in Libya, such as creating parallel institutions, any attempt to seize power by force, or refusing a peaceful transfer of power to a new executive branch established by a legitimate and transparent process is formed. We urge Libyan political leaders to engage constructively in negotiations, including through the good offices of UNSMIL, to break the executive deadlock and agree on an electoral path. We continue to await full implementation of the October 23, 2020 ceasefire agreement. Violence, incitement to violence and hate speech are inexcusable and unacceptable.

We emphasize that Libya’s resources throughout the country must be managed in a transparent, responsible and accountable manner and for the benefit of the Libyan people. We urge the Libyan leadership to agree on the country’s public spending priorities and to establish a joint revenue management and oversight structure through continuous cooperation with the Berlin Working Group on Process Economics.

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