The Address | Benghazi – Libya
NEW YORK – Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, said during a press conference on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly that setting up artificial deadlines for elections in Libya was not wise since the vote should be held when all political forces were ready to accept its results.
“We are trying to create the conditions for a political process and we do not think there should be an artificial deadline”, said Lavrov.
He added, “organizing the elections in December is not the right signal, the elections must be held when all the political forces have understood that they must accept the result of the vote, at the moment it is not so”.
Rival Libyan factions agreed during a conference hosted by France in Paris late June on a declaration that would create a political framework to pave the way for U.N.-backed elections in December. However, a string of security incidents ever since, the last of which was recent clashes in Tripoli, have raised questions about the prospect of holding secure elections in the country.