International Community Push For December Elections in Libya

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International parties have stressed the need for Libya to have an agreed constitutional base as soon as possible, in order to enable it to hold the December elections.

According to a statement by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), these international partners encouraged all relevant Libyan actors, in particular, the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) members gathered in Switzerland to make progress on their pledges to facilitate holding the national elections on 24 December. The statement added that they urged the LPDF members to develop a consensual proposal on the constitutional basis for the elections.

They reiterated their support for holding the elections as stipulated in the LPDF roadmap, and for the full implementation of the ceasefire agreement, including the opening of the Coastal Road. As well as the withdrawal of mercenaries, and foreign fighters, without further delay in accordance with the Security Council Resolutions 2570 (2021) and 2571 (2021.

This came in consultations that the Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Jan Kubis held with representatives of France, Germany, Italy, UK, and US, the statement added. He also held telephone conversations with Russia, Morocco, and high-level Libyan representatives to discuss the progress made so far towards the roadmap, in line with the Berlin II Conference conclusions.

Kubis and international partners called on the LPDF members to “live up to their national responsibilities, and facilitate the constitutional basis and enact the legal framework to enable the holding of national elections.”

UNSMIL added that Kubis welcomes the EU Council decision on 21 June to, “clarify that the criteria for the imposition of restrictive measures (in view of the situation in Libya) also include persons and entities obstructing or undermining the elections planned for in the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum Roadmap. This is in line with the United Nations Security Council resolution 2571 (2021).”