Libya faces imminent danger from ISIL and other terrorists, warns UN envoy

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A wide view of the Security Council meeting. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

ISIL and other terrorist groups are posing an imminent danger to the people of Libya and the wider region.

This warning has come from the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Libya, Bernardino León who briefed the Security Council on Wednesday.

Stephanie Castro reports.

In his briefing to the Security Council by video conference, Bernardino León said the beheadings of 21 men, including 20 Egyptian Christians were part of horrific and brutal acts in Libya in recent days and weeks.

Mr León said since his last briefing to the Security Council, there has been blatant disregard by Islamic State elements for Libya's sovereignty and state institutions.

He warned that the ISIL terrorists are exploiting the political crisis and consequent security vacuum to consolidate its presence and influence across Libya.

"The savage terrorist acts highlight once again the imminent danger confronting Libya, its people and the wider region unless there is a swift agreement among the main parties in the country on resolving the political crisis and bringing an end to the military and political conflict." (22")

The UN is brokering talks to end factional fighting which has plagues Libya since Muammar al-Qhadafi was overthrown nearly four years ago.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations

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