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Western powers: Libya's December polls 'essential'

25 ottobre 2021 | 14.44
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National elections slated for 24 December are "an essential step" towards a peaceful, democratic Libya, the embassies of Italy, France, Germany, Britain and the United States said Monday in a joint statement.

The statement also praised Libya's interim unified executive for hosting an international stabilisation conference on the war-ravaged oil state last Thursday.

"The Libyan hosted October 21 conference allowed the world to recognize the great potential for Libya should its positive trajectory continue towards the holding of Presidential and Parliamentary elections on December 24th," said the statement.

"Such elections, as determined in the Roadmap of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum in Tunis in November 2020, and asserted in UN Security Council Resolution 2570, are an essential step in further stabilising and uniting Libya, and their results should be respected by all," the statement continued.

Thursday's conference allowed senior officials from countries and organisations all over the world to show their support for Libya's sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, and national unity, the statement said.

"We join Libyan authorities in rejecting foreign interference in Libyan affairs, including the divisive and destabilising role played by mercenaries, foreign fighters, and foreign forces, and underscore the need for all parties to adhere to international law," the statement went on.

The statement praised a plan the joint military commission representing Libya's rival factions signed on 8 October for a gradual withdrawal of mercenaries, foreign fighters, and foreign forces from Libya following the signing of a comprehensive cease-fire agreement in Geneva a year ago.

"We applaud the patriotism and commitment of the 5+5 Joint Military Commission (JMC)," the statement added.

The 24 December presidential and parliamentary polls will give Libyan institutions and leaders "a fresh mandate" to improve the country's infrastructure, provide medical care and ensuring Libyan youth receive a good education, the statement went on.

"We are committed to cooperating with Libya on important shared challenges such as terrorism, migration, climate change and protection of the environment," the statement underlined.

Improved stability in Libya will also lead to more investment, jobs and better livelihoods for its population, the statement argued.

"We believe Libyans are ready to enjoy the prosperity that comes with both stability and accountable leadership, and we urge all of Libya’s current leaders to recognise this and to work toward free and fair elections on December 24," the statement concluded.

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