US Ambassador Vows Zero Tolerance For Spoilers in Libyan Elections

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On Saturday, the United States (US) Ambassador to Libya, Richard Norland, affirmed that there will be no tolerance for those who think of obstructing the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections in Libya.

In press statements, the US Ambassador stressed the need to hold the upcoming elections without any controversy, and that technical and legal amendments to the election laws should be carried out by consensus among the Libyan leaders.

The US Ambassador indicated that there is a clear plan to remove all foreign fighters and mercenaries before and after the elections.

Notably, the US vice-President Kamala Harris, during her participation at the Paris Conference on Libya, confirmed that the US is committed to working diplomatically to promote a more stable, democratic, and equitable Libya.

“Today at the Paris Conference on Libya, I discussed how we are working to help Libyans. The US is committed to working diplomatically to promote a more stable, democratic, and equitable Libya,” the US vice-President said in a tweet.

The conference was attended by more than 30 countries and hosted by the French President, Emmanuel Macron; the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel; and the Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi.

The final communique of the Paris International Conference on Libya called for holding the election in the North African country as scheduled on December 24th.

The statement also called for forming a reconciliation commission under the auspices of the country’s Transitional Presidency Council.

The participants stressed full respect for Libya’s sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity and their commitment to rejecting all foreign interference in Libyan affairs.

They praised the progress that has been made towards restoring peace and stability in Libya since the first Berlin Conference, through the signing of the ceasefire agreement on October 23rd, 2020, the adoption of the Libyan political road map in Tunis on November 15th, 2020, and the approval of the transitional government on March 10th, 2021.

The participating countries reiterated their commitment to the success of the Libyan political process, full implementation of the ceasefire agreement signed on October 23rd, 2020, and holding presidential and legislative elections on December 24th, 2021. All of this should occur within the Libyan political road map and resolutions 2570 and 2571 issued by the Security Council, and the conclusions of the Second Berlin Conference.