NEW YORK, 8th November, 2015 (WAM) — Concerned over Libya’s ongoing political, security and institutional crises, and the rising threat of terrorism, the United Nations Security Council has urged all Libyan stakeholders to endorse and sign the recent UN-facilitated political deal and to move swiftly towards forming a Government of National Accord.
“The Political Agreement for the Government of National Accord, finalised by the Libyan parties in October, offers a real prospect for resolving the situation,” said the members of the council in a statement, in which they also noted that the agreement had been reached after comprehensive and broad consultations within the framework of the Libyan-led and Libyan-owned dialogue process facilitated by the UN.
Welcoming expressions of support by the Libyan parties plus a wide range of Libyan groups for the agreement and for the formation of a Government of National Accord, the Security Council urged all Libyan dialogue participants to endorse and sign the Political Agreement.
The council called on all Libyan stakeholders to work swiftly towards the formation of a unity government “which will work for the benefit of all Libyans,” and expressed support for an inclusive process “that listens to and integrates Libyans from all communities and all parts of the country.”
The members of the Security Council encouraged the UN Support Mission in Libya, UNSMIL, to advance relevant efforts for co-ordination of international assistance to the future Government of National Accord.
Expressing concern about activities which could damage the integrity and unity of the Libyan state financial institutions and the National Oil Company, the council also highlighted the importance of these institutions continuing to function for the benefit of all Libyans.
Concerned about the ongoing fighting, destruction and growing humanitarian toll in various parts of the country, council members called for an immediate end of violence.
They condemned the continued attacks and repression by Daesh, Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia, and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaida operating in Libya, particularly in Sirte, and stressed in this regard the urgent need to deal with this threat effectively.
Libya has been plagued by factional fighting since the 2011 revolution, with the situation continuing to deteriorate in recent months amid significant political fragmentation and violence.