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Libyan Newswire

Answer – Libyan political agreement – E-000788/2016

The EU fully supports the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) that was signed in Skhirat (Morocco) on 17 December 2015. This agreement was endorsed in principle by the Libyan House of Representatives (HoR) on 25 January 2016, by 24 Libyan municipalities, and by the international community through UN Security Council Resolution 2259. The EU, in its January 2016 Council Conclusions, underlined the importance of the continued inclusiveness of the LPA, and strongly encouraged all parties in Libya to endorse it.

The EU is working closely with the UN to ensure the implementation of the LPA. The Libyan Presidency Council has taken important steps; it has formed the Temporary Security Committee and proposed a ministerial line-up for the Government of National Accord to the HoR on 14 February 2016. The EU is encouraging the HoR to show the same spirit of compromise so that Libya can finally have a unified and legitimate government.

One of the main reasons for the gradual expansion of Daesh-affiliated groups in Libya remains the vacuum of power in the country. Subsequently, the EU is doing its utmost to support the UN Special Representative Martin Kobler to facilitate the establishment of a Government of National Accord (GNA) that is able to operate from Tripoli. The EU stands ready to assist a Libyan Government of National Accord to address the numerous challenges it will face, including security.

The EU stands ready to facilitate its EUR 100 million package for immediate support to the Libyan population. The implementation and pacing of individual actions will be prioritised in close coordination with the Libyan authorities and taking into account security conditions on the ground.

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