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US Official Says Libya Has 'Best Opportunity' for Peace in Decade

US Official Says Libya Has 'Best Opportunity' for Peace in Decade

Thursday, 16 September, 2021 - 06:15
A handout photo made available by the Media Office of the Libyan Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity shows Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah (C) with Counselor of the US Department of State, Derek Chollet (L) and US Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland (R) during their meeting at his official residence in Tripoli, Libya,15 September 2021. EPA/LIBYAN PRIME MINISTER OFFICE HANDOUT

Libya has its best chance for peace, a senior US diplomat said Wednesday, urging rival sides to work together ahead of December elections.

"Libya now faces the best opportunity it has had in a decade, to bring the conflict to closure, to move the economy forward and to lay the foundation for a stable democratic society," said Department of State Counsellor Derek Chollet during a visit to Tripoli.

"The US will continue to support this vital process," he told journalists.

Speaking after meeting top figures in the country's transitional government including Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah, he warned that "the moment is urgent."

Chollet said the recent proposal on a law governing the upcoming election “is a solid basis for discussion" and urged top officials to "proceed, without delay, on ways to move this forward."

"We ask only one thing of Libyan leaders: that they contribute constructively on what is on offer rather than tear it down while offering nothing instead."

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