The embassies of Western countries in Libya urged all local actors to commit to holding fair parliamentary and presidential elections, on December 24, as specified in the roadmap of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum.
The embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States in Libya, in a joint statement, considered the parliament’s issuance of the law to elect the president and the efforts of the Independent Electoral Commission in this regard as important steps towards holding the elections, stressing that the time has come to engage in the electoral framework and finalize it, taking into account all the legitimate concerns of the Libyans.
The statement commended the measures taken by the National Unity Government to facilitate preparations for holding the elections, especially the provision of adequate funding to the Commission and the various security preparations, expressing their readiness to support the interim Libyan authorities, at their request, in organizing the elections.
At the same time, the statement warned violators of the arms embargo imposed by the Security Council, those who threaten peace, stability and security, and those who seek to obstruct the upcoming elections with UN sanctions.
It is noteworthy that this joint statement comes against the background of the escalation of tension between the House of Representatives and the High Council of State, after the issuance of the law for the election of the president, amid fears of its impact on the path of the road map and the elections expected on December 24.