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16 May 2016
Restoring security in the face of “critical challenges” is the “key for the future” of war-torn Libya.
That’s one of the key points to emerge from a Joint Communique issued on behalf of dozens of countries following a high level ministerial meeting in Vienna, Austria, on Monday.
The ministers reiterated their “full political backing” for the efforts of the UN Special Representative in Libya to try and broker a lasting peace in the North African country.
Matthew Wells has more.
A Government of National Accord, or GNA, has been trying to unify the warring parties across Libya since late last year, but instability and fighting is still rife.
Rival factions have not come together under the terms of the internationally-recognized Libyan Political Agreement, and the ministers meeting in Vienna assured GNA representatives that they would not have to face their grave security challenges alone.
They welcomed Prime Minister Fayez Al Sarraj to the meeting, hailing his recent commitment to establish the GNA in the capital Tripoli as a “turning point”.
The communique acknowledges the need to relax an arms embargo to help the fight against the terrorist group ISIL, which now controls large swathes of Libya, and says the international community is “willing to reopen diplomatic missions in Tripoli as soon as possible.”
Ministers expressed solidarity with the Libyan people in their efforts to “urgently deliver basic services” and rebuild their shattered economy.
Matthew Wells, United Nations.