Five western embassies call for respect for Libya elections process

Five western embassies call for respect for Libya elections process

October 25, 2021 - 20:32
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States said on Monday they recognized the importance of election security and urged Libyan government institutions to invest in protecting the integrity of elections, calling on Libyan leaders to respect the elections process.

They also welcomed in a joint statement the announcement yesterday by the head of the High National Elections Commission (HNEC) that the Endorsement List forms required for presidential and parliamentary candidates will be published by HNEC, an important development for those wishing to be candidates, as outlined in the HNEC implementation plan.” The statement 

The embassies reiterated their support to HNEC as it conducts its mandate in full independence and we urge all actors to heed its technical advice and respect its expertise; saying they condemn all actors who undermine its action by threat or obstruction.

"We recall that individuals or entities engaging in, or providing support for acts that threaten the peace, stability or security of Libya or that obstruct or undermine the successful completion of its political transition, may be designated by the Committee established pursuant to paragraph 24 of resolution 1970 (2011) for the travel ban and asset freeze measures." The statement adds.

The embassies said they are committed to cooperating with Libya on important shared challenges such as terrorism, migration, climate change and protection of the environment.

They applauded the patriotism and commitment of the 5+5 Joint Military Commission (JMC), which presented on its comprehensive Action Plan for the withdrawal of mercenaries, foreign fighters and foreign forces from Libyan territory at the October 21 Stabilization Conference.