Joint Statement on Libya by the Ambassadors and Chargés d’ Affaires of France, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States

The Ambassadors and Chargés d’Affaires of France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States are deeply concerned about the recent clashes in and around Tripoli that are destabilizing the situation and endangering the lives of innocent civilians.  Any attempts to undermine Libya’s security are unacceptable and completely counter to the wishes of the Libyan people. The international community is monitoring the situation closely. We strongly warn against any further escalation and call on all parties to work together to exercise restraint, restore calm, and engage in peaceful dialogue.

We reaffirm our support for the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya Dr. Ghassan Salamé as he works to facilitate dialogue in support of a unified, secure, and prosperous Libya.  Pursuing political aims through violence will only further exacerbate the suffering of the population of Libya, and threaten broader stability.  Those who undermine Libya’s peace, security and stability will be held accountable.