Security Council Press Statement on Libya
The members of the Security Council welcomed the announcement by the Presidency Council of the formation of the Government of National Accord (GNA). They further noted that this is an important step following the signature of the Libyan Political Agreement of Skhirat on December 17th welcomed by Security Council resolution 2259 (2015).
The members of the Security Council expressed support for the full implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement and to this end looked forward to the House of Representatives endorsing the GNA, and stressed that the Government of National Accord should be based in the capital Tripoli.
The members of the Security Council encouraged the House of Representatives to work swiftly towards this end in the interests of the Libyan people in order to tackle Libya’s political, security, humanitarian, economic, and institutional challenges and to confront the rising threat of terrorism.
The members of the Security Council reiterated grave concern about the growing terrorist threat in Libya, in particular from groups proclaiming allegiance to Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as Da’esh), and called on the new Libyan Government to urgently focus on combating this threat.
The members of the Security Council thanked the Special Representative of the Secretary General, Martin Kobler and the United Nations Support Mission in Libya for their tireless efforts in this United Nations-facilitated, Libyan-led dialogue process and agreement.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Libya.