By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 7 November 2014:
In a coordinated response, eight western nations have said they are studying yesterday’s . . .[restrict]Supreme Court decision after the Tripoli-based court declared the House of Representatives illegal.
“We are deeply concerned by the situation of political polarisation in Libya,” the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Spain, and the United Kingdom said in the brief official statement.
“We are studying carefully the decision of the Supreme Court, its context and consequences. We note that the challenges facing Libya require political solutions. We remain committed to helping Libyans at this difficult time”.
The statement was similar in tone to that of the UN Support Mission which was released yesterday. The eight countries said they would continue to “support the efforts of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and urge all parties to cooperate with him to ensure immediate and inclusive consultations among the stakeholders to agree on the way forward”.
In the past the western nations and Special Representative Bernardino Leon have declared their unwavering support for the House of Representatives as the sole legitimate power in Libya. Similar declarations were conspicuously absent in the wake of yesterday’s court ruling.
The House of Representatives has said it will continue its legislative duties in spite of the ruling.