Government Issues Joint Statement over Libya

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The United Kingdom has joined the Governments of Algeria, France, Germany, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and the United States in calling for a new Government of National Accord in Libya.

The Government statement said:

“We strongly encourage all parties to form a Government of National Accord. Only a Government of National Accord can begin the difficult work of establishing effective, legitimate governance, restoring stability, and preserving the unity of the country, as expected by all Libyans.

We commend the courage of these HoR and GNC members who face intimidation by hardliners on both sides seeking to frustrate progress towards a GNA. We admire their determination to build a united Libya which will be able to combat instability, extremism and terrorism. We remind those attempting to impede progress that they will be held to account by the Libyan people and by the international community for their actions”.

Government issues joint statement on Libyan situation with France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the US

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The Foreign Office has issued a statement on the situation in Libya. The statement was issued jointly with the French, German, Italian, United States and Spanish Governments.

The statement issued on behalf of Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, read:

“The Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States welcome the current round of the UN political dialogue in Skhirat, Morocco and reiterate our full support for the UN process led by Special Representative of the Secretary General Bernardino Leon. We strongly encourage all parties to continue to participate constructively in the talks at this critical stage of negotiations, in order to reach a comprehensive agreement. This includes reaching a conclusive decision on a package including the candidates for the Government of National Accord before 20th September, to be endorsed by the parties before the end of September, so that the latter may be seated within the shortest delay (or no later than 21st October), as expected by all Libyans.

The international community strongly condemns any kind of violence and of intimidation against any party involved in the dialogue process. Those who are aiming to derail the process shall be held accountable.

Time is running out for Libya to address its critical humanitarian, economic, and security challenges, including the spread of Da’esh/ISIL-aligned groups and of criminal organizations engaged in smuggling and trafficking in persons. Recognizing upcoming Eid celebrations, we believe it is essential that all parties in the process approve a final agreement and the leaders for the new Government of National Accord before the end of September.

The Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States reaffirm their support for a united, sovereign, and independent Libya. The international community stands ready to provide significant economic and security assistance to a united Libya as soon as the new government is agreed. It is clear that we are going towards a process of reconciliation in Libya, and no party should fear it”.

UK Government joins international response on Libyan situation

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The Foreign Office has issued a statement with the Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United States on the situation in Libya.

The statement read:

“The Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States strongly condemn the ongoing barbaric acts by ISIL-affiliated terrorists in the Libyan city of Sirte. We are deeply concerned about reports that these fighters have shelled densely populated parts of the city and committed indiscriminate acts of violence to terrorize the Libyan population. We call on all parties in Libya aspiring to a peaceful and unified nation to join efforts to combat the threat posed by transnational terrorist groups exploiting Libya for their own agenda.

We welcome the recent round of the UN political dialogue in Geneva and reiterate our full support to the UN process led by SRSG Bernardino Leon. The deplorable developments in Sirte underscore the urgent need for parties in Libya to reach agreement on forming a Government of National Accord that, in partnership with the international community, can provide security against violent extremist groups seeking to destabilize the country. We reiterate that there is no military solution to the political conflict in Libya and remain concerned that the economic and humanitarian situation is worsening every day. We stand ready to support the implementation of a political agreement to ensure that a Government of National Accord and its national institutions can function effectively and meet the urgent needs of the Libyan people”.

Earlier in the year Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, ruled out military action, saying:

“The problem is that there isn’t a government in Libya that is effective and in control of its territory. There isn’t a Libyan military which the international community can effectively support.”