Libya political agreement a “very important step on the road to peace”

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Bernardino Leon heads the UN mission in Libya. UN File Photo/Evan Schneider

The United Nations is hailing the initialing of a political agreement on Libya as an encouraging step on the path to peace.

Most of the country's warring parties signed the plan during a ceremony held in Skhirat, Morocco, on Saturday.

Libya has been plagued by factional fighting since the overthrow of President Muammar al-Qhadafi in 2011.

Dianne Penn reports.

UN envoy for Libya Bernardino Leon attended the ceremony in Morocco on Saturday.

 He said it was "one but a very important step on the road to peace."

 Mr Leon told the parties that they were laying the foundation for a modern, democratic state based on the principle of inclusion, the rule of law, separation of powers and respect for human rights.

 Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was encouraged by the outcome.

 In a statement, he described it as "a clear demonstration of political will and courage" which brings Libya one step closer to resolving its current institutional and security crisis.  

 Mr Ban called on all Libyans to unite and move the political transition process forward through the formation of a Government of National Accord.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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