Joint statement by US, France, Germany, Italy, UK to back new head of UN mission in Libya

Joint statement by US, France, Germany, Italy, UK to back new head of UN mission in Libya

September 24, 2022 - 10:29
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

A joint statement by the US, France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom has reiterated support for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General Abdoulaye Bathily as he takes up his mandate to head the UN mission in Libya.

A statement released by the US State Department on Friday indicated that the senior officials of the US and the four EU countries met on Thursday on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York to review the ongoing crisis in Libya.

"The officials affirmed their full support for UN mediation aimed at producing a constitutional basis to enable free, fair, and inclusive presidential and parliamentary elections throughout Libya in the shortest possible time," the statement read.

The group also stressed the importance of having transparent management of oil revenues and agreeing on a unified executive with a mandate focused on preparing for elections.

The western diplomats underscored their rejection of any use of violence and reiterated support for full implementation of the October 23, 2020, ceasefire agreement.