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Libya: UN Security Council supports National Unity Government

Libya: UN Security Council supports National Unity Government


Hoping to counter the advances of the Islamic state, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted an agreement to form a national unity government in Libya. Western voices welcomed the signing of the inter-Libyan agreement on December 17, in Sikhrat Morocco.

This resolution provides for the establishment of a government of 17 ministers based in Tripoli.

In addition, the agreement provides for the establishment of a Presidential Council for a transitional period of two years, which will end with the parliamentary elections.

The resolution calls the Union Government the only legitimate government of Libya .

The Security Council of the UN expressed its determination to support it .

“We will cooperate closely with the Union Government to overcome the affiliates in Libya and eliminate the threat they pose to our collective security,” suggested US Ambassador Samantha Power.

However, discordant voices were heard even before the signing of the agreement in Sikhrat. The two heads of rival parliaments, one based in Tripoli and one in Tobruk, had refused to bear the responsibility of the signing of this agreement stating that those who would sign do so individually and not on behalf of Parliaments.

The agreement will only complicate the situation, warned Mahmoud Abdelaziz, member of the General National Congress.

The two leaders of the rival factions fighting for a principle returned for a unity government signed in December in Tunis.

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