Libya Stabilization Conference tackles December elections

After more than a decade; Libya’s capital Tripoli is hosting the first international conference on its years-long crisis, after the Libyan crisis file was presented to several Arab and international discussion tables, which contributed to laying the building blocks of political understandings following a complicated process, and put the country on the verge of expected presidential and parliamentary elections.

Libya Stabilization Conference brings together representatives of 27 countries and representatives of the League of Arab States, the African Union, the European Union, in addition to the United Nations, in response to the invitation of the Libyan government.

The most important main objectives of this conference are the security and economic aspects, which the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Najla Al-Mangoush, anticipated, during a televised speech to Libyans, in which she enumerated a number of other aspects that the Libya Stabilization Conference aims at.

The aims include providing international support for the holding of the Libyan elections on their scheduled date on December 24th, and ensuring the optimal implementation of Security Council resolutions 2570 and 2571 and the Berlin Conferences 1 and 2, in addition to providing political and technical support for adherence to the ceasefire and to support the outcomes of the “5 + 5” Joint Military Commission.

However, the file of removing mercenaries and foreign forces, which the initiative aims to tackle as part of the reliable efforts for political and security stability in Libya, is still a point of contention between influential people in the Libyan political scene.

Several countries spare no effort in calling for political stability in Libya, but intention alone is not enough. It must be realistically embodied and translated, which seems difficult due to the conflict of international interests on the Libyan arena, which has become a scene of long-term foreign interventions.

Libyans are looking forward to holding the December elections on time, hoping that they will put an end to the state of division and war that dominates the Libyan political scene, as well as ending the leverage of the political bodies that have been at the forefront of the scene for years, whose struggle, more than once, has resulted in wars and disputes that have strained the Libyan economy, and dispersed international efforts.

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