The embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States have affirmed their support for the efforts of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) Abdoulaye Bathily to engage Libyan institutions and stakeholders, building on the work of the 6+6 Committee concerned with setting the electoral framework for elections.
In a joint statement Thursday, the group called for addressing all contested elements of the electoral framework in order to make them implementable and secure the necessary inclusive political agreement on the path to elections and enabling a level playing field for all candidates.
"Discussions on the way forward must be part of the wider UN-facilitated political negotiation," the statement read, calling on Libyan leaders to focus on action to respond to the continued demands of their people for national presidential and parliamentary elections as soon as possible.
They also stressed the need for all players to engage constructively with the SRSG Bathily towards securing the necessary political, security, and legal environment to meet the Libyan's demands.
The UN mission warned in a statement Thursday against any unilateral initiatives to address the political deadlock after the House of Representatives approved a road map and announced the opening of nominations for a new government.
The mission said that any unilateral measures could lead to dire consequences, further instability, and spark violence, confirming Bathily's continued efforts to engage all Libyan institutions and stakeholders to agree on a roadmap for elections across the country.