SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 31 July 2021, Saturday |

France threatens sanctions for Libyan groups blocking political process

The French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has warned that those jeopardizing the Libyan political process could face sanctions.

Le Drian chaired a UN Security Council meeting on Thursday on Libya’s roadmap out of years of conflict.

A ceasefire agreement reached last year led to a transitional government and elections scheduled for December. But progress has faltered with the different sides failing to agree on a legal framework for the polls.

Le Drian said real threats were hanging over the political process and they must be dispelled, starting with respecting the electoral calendar.

He said those who jeopardized the political process could be subject to sanctions. Le Drian also called for all foreign fighters to leave the country as was agreed in the ceasefire deal.

The UN special envoy to Libya Jan Kubis said many Libyan officials appeared unready to commit to the elections timetable and that some parties were using various tactics to obstruct holding the vote.