The United States of America bases its approach to the Libyan crisis at the present time on the priority of holding early elections, as a “single solution.”
Today, Saturday, the US ambassador and special envoy to Libya, Richard Norland, and the Libyan Prime Minister-designate from the House of Representatives, Fathi Bashagha, discussed the crisis file, as the US official proceeded to market the elections.
And the US ambassador to Libya revealed through a tweet posted on the official page of his country’s embassy in Libya on Twitter, that “in a call with Fathi Pashaga, after his important meetings in Turkey, we discussed the importance of stopping the escalation of the military confrontation in and around Tripoli.”
During the same phone call, the US and Libyan officials discussed, according to the same tweet, “the urgent need for all parties to work with the new Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to develop a clear roadmap for holding early elections.”
The US ambassador to Libya stated that these elections are “the only solution to support stability in Libya.”
Over the course of two days, Friday and Saturday, last week, the Libyan capital, Tripoli, witnessed armed clashes between conflicting militias affiliated with and supporting the two leaders of the two competing governments for power, which left 32 dead and 159 injured, including children, in addition to damage to the city’s infrastructure.
Those battles came amid a political crisis represented by a conflict between two governments, the first government of Fathi Bashagha, appointed by the House of Representatives, and the second government of national unity headed by Abdel Hamid Dabaiba, which refuses to hand over power.
To resolve the crisis, the United Nations launched an initiative to form a joint committee of the House of Representatives and the state to agree on a constitutional basis through which elections would be held, but that committee did not succeed in that task after three rounds of dialogue among its members.
In light of the vacancy of the position of the United Nations envoy to Libya since last December and the end of the legal period of Stephanie Williams as advisor to the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Libya, this initiative has become without an outlet, mediating dialogue between the conflicting Libyan parties.
And that was the day before yesterday, when United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres officially announced the appointment of Senegalese diplomat Abdullah Bathili as the UN envoy to Libya.