Paris summit on Libya: Parties undermining elections could face sanctions

Paris summit on Libya: Parties undermining elections could face sanctions

November 13, 2021 - 12:35
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

World leaders at the Paris summit on Libya warned Friday that they would push for sanctions against anyone who hinders the country's elections planned for December 24, including individuals or entities inside or outside Libya.

The final statement of the summit stressed the importance for these presidential and legislative elections to be free, fair, inclusive, and credible.

Besides Libya and France, the key players attending the meeting included Germany, Italy, and Egypt, as well as the US vice president, with Turkey and Moscow sending lower-level representatives.

With less than six weeks to go to the polls, the leaders at the conference were keen to reiterate their support for the High National Electoral Commission (HNEC), reaffirming commitment to back efforts to remove foreign forces and establish the National Reconciliation Commission under the auspices of the Presidential Council.

The draft summit conclusion agreed to support the UN mission to promote political dialogue and take urgent initiatives to help the Libyans disarm, and also pointed to the need to fight terrorism in Libya "by all means."

The leaders also expressed rejection of all foreign interference in Libyan affairs and their full respect for Libya's sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, and national unity.

On the economic front, the conference called for unifying the Central Bank of Libya, implementing the recommendations of the international financial audit report, and the need to manage resources transparently.

The statement further called on the Government of National Unity (GNU) to continue efforts to unify Libyan financial and economic institutions and improve the government's services for the benefit of the entire population of the country.