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Statement on the current situation of armed groups’ movements and the steps in the electoral process
December 22, 2021

U.S. Special Envoy and Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland urges calm and encourages steps that can continue to de-escalate the tense security situation in Tripoli or elsewhere in Libya. Now is not the time for unilateral actions or armed deployments that risk escalation and unintended consequences detrimental to the security and safety of Libyans. We reiterate UNSMIL’s call for disagreements on emerging political or military matters to be resolved without resorting to violence.

At the same time, work towards elections should be a priority, in line with strong public desires. Libyan leaders, on behalf of the Libyan people, should expeditiously address all legal and political obstacles to hold elections, including finalizing the list of presidential candidates. The United States shares the concern and disappointment of the vast majority of Libyans who expect to have the opportunity to vote for their country’s future.

At this critical moment in Libya’s path forward, it is more important than ever that Libyans are vigilant about the spread of disinformation that only advantages those who wish to disrupt Libya’s future progress.