WASHINGTON – The Governments of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States released a joint statement on Thursday in which they welcomed the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum’s (LPDF) vote in favor of the selection mechanism for a new interim executive authority, which will guide Libya toward national elections on December 24, 2021.
“This is an important step towards Libyan unity. The LPDF’s decision affirms the clear demands of the Libyan people that it is time for a change of the status quo,” reads the joint statement.
”We encourage all Libyan parties to act urgently and in good faith to finalize the adoption through the LPDF of a unified and inclusive government. As participants in the Berlin Conference process and international partners of Libya, we will lend our full support to the LPDF’s efforts.”
The Western countries also welcomed the UN Secretary-General’s appointment of Ján Kubiš as Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Libya, and the appointments of Raisedon Zenenga as the UNSMIL Coordinator and Georgette Gagnon as Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator.
“We will fully support them in their important roles. We express our ongoing gratitude to the Acting UN Special Representative, Stephanie Williams, for her continuing steadfast leadership of UN mediation until Mr. Kubiš takes up his position.”
The five countries said it is “crucial“ that all Libyan and international actors support steps toward full implementation of the Libyan ceasefire agreement signed on October 23 of last year, “including the immediate opening of the coastal road and removal of all foreign fighters and mercenaries.”