Monday, July 22

Western Envoys: Now is Not the Time for Disruptive Changes

Tripoli_ The embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the UK, and the US said in a statement on 6 May that now is not the time for any disruptive changes in government agencies and focus should be on facilitating the elections on 24 December.

The statement could be a response to calls by several political factions, including armed militias, calling for the removal of some top officials including the Libyan Foreign Minister.

The statement recalled the fact that “UNSCR 2570 called on the relevant Libyan authorities and institutions, including the GNU and House of Representatives, to facilitate the 24 December 2021 elections, and agree the constitutional and legal basis for these elections by July 1, 2021.”

It said “the above-named embassies believe that now is not the time for any disruptive changes at the relevant bodies which enable that preparation to take place within the timescale set out by UNSCR 2570”.

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