The United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued the following statement on support for democracy in Libya:
After the 2011 revolution and the end of 42 years of Qadhafi’s dictatorial rule, the new Libyan government has stated its commitment to build a state based on the rule of law and respect for human rights, in line with the wishes of the Libyan people.
They face many challenges, including the need to reform Libya’s army and police to create accountable and professional security forces, and the need to diversify Libya’s economy to provide better employment opportunities for the Libyan people.
Having stood with the Libyan people during the revolution in 2011, the UK remains committed to supporting them and their government during the transition to democracy.
Through the Arab Political Participation Fund we are funding several projects to support democratic elections and the drafting of a new constitution in Libya. Our funding is also providing training for Libyan civil society groups and new media outlets to help ordinary citizens participate in the process to build a new state.
Through the Conflict Pool we are funding projects to support the Libyan Ministries of Defence and Interior as they seek to reform and improve the armed forces and police. British advisers are working with both ministries as well as with the Tripoli police, the Chief of Staff responsible for border security and the Libyan armed forces to help them build professional and effective security forces, and improve security for all Libyans.
Also through the Conflict Pool we are providing funding to international organisations and supporting Libyan efforts to deal with unexploded weapons and encourage disarmament.
Through the Arab Economic Partnership the UK is helping to improve Libya’s public financial management by funding a resident expert on macroeconomic issues from the International Monetary Fund and a World Bank public financial management expert. The UK is also supporting several projects to encourage entrepreneurship and business skills for young people in Libya. Finally, theG8 Deauville process will also be an important mechanism for supporting Libya on economic issues.
(Source: UK FCO)