Moscow Calls for Restraint in Libya Ahead of Elections

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Russian Deputy Envoy to the UN, Gennady Kuzmin called on all parties in Libya to show maximum restraint, and allow the Libyan people to elect a new government.

On Tuesday, he told a UN Security Council meeting on the issue that Libya’s statehood was “razed down to the ground” for the sake of Western states’ ambitions

“The country that once used to prosper still lies in ruins, and needs to be restored bit by bit,” he said, according to TASS.

“As for the civilian population, whom the good-doers from NATO tried to protect, it had to pass through the terrors of all-out civil war, utter chaos, total disarrangement and devastation,” Kuzmin added.

The Russian diplomat noted that a decade passed before Libya “could spot some positive moments in its complicated political settlement process.”

“Libya’s general elections are scheduled for 24 December. We call on all sides to demonstrate maximum restraint in order to make it possible for the long-suffering Libyan people to execute their legitimate right to elect and be elected,” Kuzmin said.

On 22 November, Libya’s High National Election Commission (HNEC) stopped receiving registration bids from candidates for the upcoming Presidential elections.

In February 2021, the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) in Geneva elected a new Government of National Unity (GNU) and a Presidential Council to lead the country to elections.