No: 432, 24 December 2021, Press Release Regarding The Postponement Of Elections In Libya

Republic Of Türkiye Ministry Of Foreign Affairs 24.12.2021

We view the elections in Libya as a significant turning point in the transition process and support it.

The holding of elections in a fair, credible and independent manner, recognition of the election results by all parties in Libya and the exercise of authority by the new government throughout the country are critical in terms of ensuring unity and integrity of Libya.

Türkiye, which played a key role in establishing the ceasefire and calm on the ground, as well as advancing the political process in Libya, has been advocating from the outset that the elections must be held on a solid legal basis, that is reached through the broadest possible consensus among all relevant institutions in accordance with the Libyan Political Agreement.

At this stage, it is important that the calm on the ground is preserved and all aspects related to elections are decided by the Libyans through a legal framework and on the basis of common understanding.

Following the elections, any legitimacy or power vacuum until the formation of a new government should be avoided for the well-being of the brotherly people of Libya. Accordingly, we expect all Libyan parties to act with sense of responsibility and prudence.

Türkiye, having deep rooted historical and neighbourly ties with Libya, will continue to support friendly and brotherly Libya and all people of Libya without distinction, and contribute to the Libyan-led and Libyan-owned political process conducted under the auspices of the United Nations.

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