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Libya: UN welcomes new political agreement as &#39first step&#39 towards peace

12 July 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced encouragement at the initialing of a critical agreement between Libyan stakeholders aimed at resolving the country’s political crisis, a United Nations spokesperson confirmed today.

The Libyan Political Agreement &#8211 initialed yesterday in Skhirat, Morocco, following consultations between various parties &#8211 comes amid ongoing fighting across the North African country.

In today’s statement, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said the Secretary-General looked forward to &#8220the speedy conclusion of the full agreement and its implementation.&#8221

&#8220The act is a clear demonstration of political will and courage and brings the country one step closer to resolving the current institutional and security crisis,&#8221 the spokesperson continued. &#8220The Secretary-General calls on all Libyans to move the political transition process forward, in a spirit of unity, through the formation of a Government of National Accord.&#8221

The fighting in Libya has provoked a growing displacement crisis within the country with the number of people displaced almost doubling from an estimated 230,000 last September to more than 434,000, according to the UN’s refugee agency.

The largest bloc of internally displaced, some 105,000 people, is located in Benghazi, where the UN has been working with the municipality, as well as local and international NGOs to distribute items to some 6,000 of the most vulnerable IDPs between March and June.

Meanwhile, the violence has also added to the mounting list of casualties. Last week alone, at least 10 fatalities were reported among civilians in Benghazi including a number of children, according to information provided by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

To that point, UNSMIL head and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya, Bernardino León, celebrated the initialing of the Libyan Political Agreement as &#8220a very important step on the road to peace&#8221 which all stakeholders had been long seeking to achieve.

&#8220Through this text,&#8221 Mr. León declared from Skhirat as he addressed the ceremony of the initialing of the Agreement, &#8220you are laying the foundation for a modern, democratic state based on the principle of inclusion, the rule of law, separation of powers and respect for human rights.&#8221

Both Mr. Ban and Mr. León confirmed the UN’s continued support for the Libyan people as the country’s stakeholders now move forward in building institutions and good governance.