Five western powers threaten sanctions on Libya political transition spoilers

The governments of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America said in a joint statement on Friday that they had taken note of the statement on 2 March by the spokesperson of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and subsequent developments regarding the situation in Libya, echoing the UN Secretary-General’s call on all actors to refrain from actions that could undermine stability in Libya and express our concern at recent reports of violence, threats of violence, intimidation, and kidnappings.

The statement stressed that any disagreement on the future of the political process must be resolved without resorting to violence, warning that the five governments stand ready to hold to account those who threaten stability through violence or incitement. 

“We recall that individuals or entities, inside or outside Libya, who obstruct or undermine Libya’s successful completion of its political transition, may be designated by the United Nations Security Council’s Libya Sanctions Committee in accordance with UNSC resolution 2571 (2021) and relevant resolutions.” It added.

In reaffirming their full respect for Libyan sovereignty and for the UN-facilitated, Libyan-led-and-owned political process, the statement reiterated support for UN mediation efforts through the Secretary-General’s Special Advisor, Stephanie Williams, and UNSMIL to sustain the country’s peaceful transition, to facilitate dialogue among political, security, and economic actors, and to maintain their focus on holding credible, transparent, and inclusive presidential and parliamentary elections as soon as possible in order to fulfil the democratic aspirations of the Libyan people.

“We encourage all Libyan stakeholders, including the House of Representatives and the High State Council, to cooperate fully with these efforts and in the next steps of the transition, as proposed by the UN, in order to establish a consensual constitutional basis that would lead to presidential and parliamentary elections as soon as possible.” The statement explained.

The five governments reaffirmed their readiness to work with Libya and all international partners to build a more peaceful, stable future for the country and its people and to support its stability, independence, territorial integrity, and national unity.


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