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Western countries express support for UN-facilitated Libyan political dialogue

The Libyan Address Journal

Germany, Italy, the United States, France, and Britain reiterated on Wednesday full support for the success of the UN-facilitated Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) and interrelated economic and security dialogues, according to a joint statement.

The statement was issued after ambassadors of Germany, Italy, and the United States and charge d’affaires of France and Britain, joined by the UN Support Mission in Libya, met virtually with the head of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord, Fayez Serraj.

The diplomats welcomed recent prisoner exchanges between the GNA and the Libyan National Army, and urged rapid progress to facilitate the reopening of the Misurata-Sirte coastal highway as agreed by the 5+5 Joint Military Commission in October, said the statement.

“The heads of mission noted that for the intended formation of the executive authority within the LPDF framework, strong and engaged Libyan leadership is needed ahead of elections in December 2021. They also emphasized the need for public commentary to be constructive and in support of the process,” it said.

The statement confirmed that international actors are closely monitoring actions by all parties to fulfill their commitments to the success of the dialogues, and stressed the importance of the role of the GNA to fully supporting this process.

“The heads of mission also reiterate their call for the international community’s full support for the Libyan-led, UN-convened political process, including the LPDF and Oct. 23 Ceasefire Agreement,” it said.

On Oct. 23, Libyan delegations to the 5+5 Joint Military Commission talks in Geneva signed a UN-sponsored permanent ceasefire agreement.

During the LPDF held on Nov. 7-15 in Tunisia’s capital Tunis, 75 Libyans participants agreed to hold general elections in Libya on Dec. 24, 2021. They also voted on a mechanism to select the unified executive authority of the country.

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