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Libya urged to uphold political commitments to end 'collective suffering'

Libya urged to uphold political commitments to end 'collective suffering'

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Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler has told the UN Security Council on Monday that six months after signing Libya’s political agreement, the country has no formally endorsed government causing collective suffering.

Kobler, who was briefing the Council on details of the Mission’s work since February, said it has been almost five months since the Presidency Council submitted a revised proposal for the Government of National Accord cabinet, and yet still there is no formal endorsement.

“The implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement has stalled, and it has stalled because some parties to the Agreement have failed to uphold their commitments … Given the scale of problems facing Libya’s population, the country must have a functioning government, ministries and bureaucracy,” he said.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General said the number of displaced civilians due to ISIL attacks has increased to 435,000 and aid agencies have been stretched in providing assistance.

He emphasized that the problems are the consequence of the continued lack of State authority in most parts of the country urging Libyans to unite against their common enemy.

“The decision of the Presidency Council to establish a joint operations room is a crucial one since Da’esh can only be fought effectively through a unified military structure at the national level that also serves as the cornerstone for the development of a unified Libyan army,” Kobler advised.

Martin Kobler requested for the UNSMIL to be on the ground in Libya to meet the immediate needs and priorities of the people.