The Tobruk government, recognised internationally, has welcomed what it called a “huge breakthrough”, urging all parties in Libya to overcome their differences and finalise the deal.
Unrest has dominated Libya since 2011, when longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown and killed.
Saturday’s agreement was signed between members of the House of Representatives and some officials from the capital Tripoli and the western city of Misrata.
The two sides have been locked in months of thorny negotiations brokered by United Nations envoy Bernardino Leon who has struggled to clinch a deal on a national unity government and hold fresh polls.
The Tripoli government refused to participate in the latest discussions on Saturday in the Moroccan city of Skhirat. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] voiced encouragement after the agreement was signed, stating [statement] that he is looking forward to the “speedy conclusion of the full agreement and its implementation”.
The European Union is ready to support a government of national accord (GNA), as soon as it is established, so that all Libyans can quickly reap the benefits of this move towards peace and stability. He called on the Libyan parties that have not yet signed to do so at the earliest to achieve security and stability in Libya. A functioning country will also mean that Libya will be able to secure its own borders and stop the illegal makeshift boats packed with immigrants flooding European shores.
(MENAFN – Emirates News Agency (WAM)) The General Secretariat of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, OIC, has welcomed the initialing by the Libyan parties of the peace and reconciliation agreement in Skhirat, Kingdom of Morocco.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on his Twitter account that the agreement was an “important step in efforts to stabilise the region and re-establish peace in this great country”.
The worldwide Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday that some 150,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe so far this year, with almost all landing in Italy.
He said the deal marked “an important step in the road of peace in Libya”.
“The door remains open for those who chose not to be here today… I am confident that in the weeks ahead we will try to clarify the issues that remain contentious and address the outstanding concerns”, he added. He also said initialling the draft “would allow Libya to complete the revolution by building common ground and reconciling a range of diverse interests”.
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