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On 18 April 2016(1), the EU welcomed the arrival of the Presidency Council in Tripoli on 30 March 2016 and commended the courage and determination of Prime Minister Serraj, the other members of the Presidency Council and supporting actors on the ground.
This move helped to pave the way for the effective government of the country by the Government of National Accord (GNA). The EU, alongside Libya’s neighbouring countries, the UN and the international community, stands ready to support the GNA, at its request, in helping it to restore peace and stability in Libya.
The Libyan Political Agreement, signed in Skhirat on 17 December 2015, endorsed by the UN Security Council through Resolution 2259 which was adopted unanimously on 23 December 2015, remains the basis for political progress in Libya. The Libyan Political Agreement has been fully supported by the EU, which considers the GNA as the sole legitimate government in Libya.
The EU called upon all stakeholders, particularly those in the region, to continue to urge all parties in Libya to engage constructively with the GNA and all other institutions included in the Libyan Political Agreement. In this regard, the EU stressed that UNSCR 2259 includes a call to cease support to and official contact with parallel institutions that claim to have legitimate authority but are outside the Agreement.
The EU strongly condemns all attempts to disrupt the stabilisation of Libya and reiterates its grave concern at the growing threat of terrorism including from Da’esh and its affiliates. Moreover, on 28 June 2016(2) the European Council reiterated its readiness to support the GNA, and called on all groups in Libya to work with the GNA as the sole legitimate government in Libya to restore stability, fight terrorism and tackle migration across the Central Mediterranean.