The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – Former United States’ ambassador to Libya, Peter W. Bodde, has reiterated the need for political solution and an “inclusive dialogue representing the perspectives and concerns of communities across Libya”.
In a statement released on Thursday to mark the end of his time in office, Bodde said that he is “struck and saddened by the deepening divide that is undermining prospects of a better future for all Libyans.”
“The time has come for all parties to rapidly return to political mediation led by UN Special Representative Ghassan Salamé and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to help avoid further escalation and chart a path forward that provides security and prosperity for all Libyans,” said the retired ambassador.
“I firmly believe that lasting peace and stability in Libya will only come through a political solution derived from an inclusive dialogue representing the perspectives and concerns of communities across Libya: North, South, East and West. The success of that dialogue will depend upon a ceasefire in and around Tripoli.”
“The Libyan people have suffered far too long with insecurity, corruption, substandard basic services and the plundering of resources that rightfully belong to all Libyans.”
Bodde concluded by urging “all parties to lay down their arms and return to negotiations that will finally bring the cycle of violence in Libya to an end.”
In early April, the White House announced that Bodde would be replaced by career diplomat Richard Norland.
Norland will serve as “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the State of Libya,” according to the White House.