Joint statement on the situation in Libya

The text of the following declaration was issued by the governments of the United States of America, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom:

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France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States of America welcome the progress made in the talks between the Joint Committee of the House of Representatives and the High Council of State in Cairo, facilitated by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) . We welcome the degree of consensus reached so far towards an agreement and appreciate the work of Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General Stephanie Williams and UNSMIL.

We call on the House of Representatives, the High Council of State and their leaders to urgently finalize the legal basis so that credible, transparent and inclusive presidential and parliamentary elections can take place as soon as possible, as stated in resolution 2570 ( 2021), the LPDF roadmap, the Libya stabilization conference, the conclusions of the Berlin II conference and the declaration of the Paris conference on Libya.

The LPDF roadmap set the expiration of the transition phase on June 22, provided that the presidential and legislative elections are held on December 24, 2021, which was not the case. We stress the need for a unified Libyan government capable of governing and organizing these elections throughout the country, achieved through dialogue and compromise as soon as possible. We strongly reject actions that could lead to violence or greater divisions in Libya, such as the creation of parallel institutions, any attempt to seize power by force or the refusal of a peaceful transition of power to a new executive formed through a legitimate and transparent process. . We urge Libyan political leaders to engage constructively in negotiations, including through the good offices of UNSMIL, to break the executive deadlock and agree on a path to elections. We continue to await the full implementation of the October 23, 2020 ceasefire agreement. Violence, incitement to violence and hate speech are inexcusable and unacceptable.

We emphasize that Libya’s resources must be managed transparently, responsibly and responsibly across the country, and for the benefit of the Libyan people. We urge Libyan leaders to agree on the country’s public spending priorities and establish a joint revenue management and oversight structure through continued engagement with the Berlin Process Economic Working Group.

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