The text of the following declaration was issued by the governments of the United States of America, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom:
France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States of America take note of the March 2 statement by the Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General and subsequent developments regarding the situation in Libya .
We echo the UN Secretary-General’s call on all actors to refrain from any action that could undermine stability in Libya and express our concern at recent reports of violence, threats of violence , intimidation and kidnappings.
We emphasize that any disagreements over the future of the political process must be resolved without resorting to violence, and we stand ready to hold to account those who threaten stability with violence or incitement. We recall that persons or entities, inside or outside Libya, who impede or jeopardize the success of Libya’s political transition, may be designated by the Libya Sanctions Committee of the Security Council of the United Nations in accordance with UNSC resolution 2571 (2021) and relevant resolutions.
Reaffirming our full respect for Libyan sovereignty and for the political process facilitated, led and controlled by Libya, we reaffirm our support for the mediation efforts of the United Nations through the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General and UNSMIL for support the country’s peaceful transition, facilitate dialogue between political, security and economic actors, and continue to focus on the holding of credible, transparent and inclusive presidential and legislative elections as soon as possible in order to meet the democratic aspirations of the Libyan people.
We encourage all Libyan stakeholders, including the House of Representatives and the High Council of State, to cooperate fully with these efforts and with the next steps of the transition, as proposed by the United Nations, in order to establish a constitutional basis consensus that would lead to presidential and legislative elections as soon as possible.
We reaffirm our willingness to work with Libya and all international partners to build a more peaceful and stable future for the country and its people and to support its stability, independence, territorial integrity and national unity.