Norland: Some LPDF members try to insert "poison pills" to derail elections
The special envoy and ambassador of the United States to Libya, Richard Norland, said they had watched the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) meetings this week in Geneva closely, including several members who appear to be trying to insert "poison pills" that will ensure elections will not happen -- either by prolonging the constitutional process or by creating new conditions that must be met for elections to occur.
Norland added in a statement posted by the US embassy in Libya on Facebook on Saturday that some of these individual members claim to be working on behalf of political leaders who have given the United States clear assurances that they support elections on December 24.
"We hope the 75 Libyans in the LPDF will re-dedicate themselves to allowing the 7 million Libyans throughout the country to have a voice in shaping Libya's future." Norland explained.
He said the US stands ready to help the Government of National Unity provide basic services and prepare for national elections until its mandate ends in December.
"We look forward to hearing the platforms and positions of Libyan candidates as they debate the best ways of solving long-term issues such as the electricity crisis, providing liquidity to Libya's business sector, fighting corruption, dealing with foreign forces and mercenaries, creating jobs, ensuring security, and finding a path for Libya -- a country rich in resources and history -- to prosper in peace." Norland added.