Libya peace deal welcomed by UN

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Participants at the signing of a UN-brokered Libyan Political Agreement in Skhirat, Morocco. Photo: UNSMIL

The signing of a deal to end civil conflict in Libya has been welcomed by the UN's senior envoy to the North African country.

The deal signed in Morocco on Thursday was brokered by the UN and it's hoped it will lead to the formation of a unified national government.

Matthew Wells reports.

Libya has been engulfed in violence, instability and political division since the overthrow of former President Muammar Al-Qaddafi in 2011.

Four years after his death, the country has been in turmoil with two rival administrations claiming power.

The United Nations has been working with the warring factions to create a unified national government.

Martin Kobler is the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya.

"From today, the agreement puts in place a single set of legitimate institutions, essential building blocks, towards a peaceful, secure and prosperous Libya."

The ISIL terrorist group, which has hitherto been active in Syria and Iraq, has taken advantage of the political and security vacuum.

The group has reportedly expanded its presence in Libya launching attacks in the capital Tripoli and targeting oil fields in the north.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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