Macron hosts conference to discuss Libya’s election; commits to withdraw foreign forces

French President, Emmanuel Macron hosted a conference in Paris to discuss Libya’s upcoming election scheduled for December 24th this year. The Northern African country has suffered political instability since the death of revolutionary leader, Muammar Gaddafi through the infamous NATO-backed uprising in 2011.  

Since the removal of Gaddafi without a definite plan for the country, maintaining stability in Libya has always been a problem as separate political factions emerged, targeting oil reserves or claiming power radically, resulting in series of civil unrest. There were attempts by political groupings to help resolve this earlier with agreements reached. However, the implementation of such terms is always marred by disagreements from feuding factions.

In the recent meeting which was held in Paris on Friday November 12th, 2021, the group which claimed to be working towards a peaceful election in Libya saw commitment to certain declarations including sanctions to people who could probably distort the electoral process.

“We affirm that individuals or entities, inside or outside of Libya, who might attempt to obstruct, undermine, manipulate or falsify the electoral process and the political transition will be held accountable and may be designated by the United Nations Sanctions Committee in accordance with UNSC resolution 2571 (2021),” the declaration document said.

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The meeting also concluded on the use of sanctions against defaulters by calling on “all relevant actors to implement and enforce UNSC sanctions, including through national and international implementation measures, against breaches of the arms embargo and of the ceasefire.”

Touching on the role of external forces in the instability of Libya, the group said, “we express our full support for the comprehensive action Plan for the withdrawal of mercenaries, foreign fighters and foreign forces from the Libyan territory.” Adding that, “we commit to facilitating its synchronised, phased, gradual and balanced implementation as set out in the action plan and call on all relevant actors to implement its provisions without delay.”

The conference saw the attendance of leaders including US Vice President Kamala Harris, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Find the full document on the declaration HERE.

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