Italy says "the process is still long and arduous" after Libyan Political Dialogue Forum in Tunis

Alwasat - Cairo Mon 16 Nov 2020, 10:52 PM
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In a statement on Monday evening, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs described the decisions of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum in Tunis, which included defining a “road map for the preparatory phase for a comprehensive solution to the Libyan crisis, and the establishment of a new executive authority, representative of all regions of the country, and charged with organizing elections. Parliamentary and presidential elections on December 24, 2021.”

Saying “The path for the success of the Libyan (political) transition remains long and arduous," in a statement, carried by the Italian news agency AKI.

The Italian Foreign Ministry considered that “it is important now to accompany and support the developments that have been recorded in the political field in the Dialogue Forum, with similar developments in the field of security, in line with the progress already recorded in recent weeks with the work of the Joint Military Committee.”

Adding: “In light of these new results, Italy confirms with conviction its full support for the internal Libyan dialogue, facilitated by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, and hopes that all representatives of the Libyan people will act with courage and vision, in the interest of their homeland,” calling on the international community to “commit to respect and protect the space for dialogue that the Libyans were able to create through this (political) path that would be crucial for their country.

Yesterday, Sunday evening, the sessions of the first round of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, which took place in the Tunisian capital for days, were concluded under the auspices of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya. The Special Representative of the Acting Secretary-General of the United Nations in Libya, Stephanie Williams, announced in a press conference last night that the participants agreed on three important files that include the terms of reference of the executive authority, criteria for candidacy and the roadmap, and it was also agreed to separate the presidential council and prime minister, and to set the date for the elections in December 24, 2021.

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