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Lavrov: Libyans need to agree on election rules before they are held

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

RABAT – Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, stated on Friday that setting deadlines for elections in Libya is not a constructive move because political parties must first agree on a political solution to end the conflict in the country.

“We have repeatedly highlighted the non-constructive character of deadlines in Libya,” Lavrov told reporters in a joint press conference with his Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita.

“The Libyans need to agree first on election rules,” he said through an interpreter.

United Nations’ envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salamé, proposed that a national conference be held in first weeks of 2019 during his Security Council briefing in early November last year. He said that the electoral process should commence in the Spring of 2019 following the conference.

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