Security Council endorses Libya peace deal

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A peace deal to end conflict in Libya and establish a Government of National Accord has been welcomed by the UN Security Council.

The overthrow of former leader Muammar Al-Qaddafi four years ago led to two rival governments battling for power in the North African country.

The UN-brokered Libyan Political Agreement was signed last week in Morocco and follows a year of complex negotiations.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution which calls for the formation of the unity government within 30 days, as specified in the peace agreement.

The resolution was sponsored by the United Kingdom.

Matthew Rycroft is the country's ambassador to the United Nations.

"We welcome the process now underway to move to the formation of that Government of National Accord in the coming weeks, and we ask the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative to continue his efforts to drive forward progress to this end. And we urge all those who have not yet signed to decide now to support the Agreement and to work with the Government of National Accord, once formed. The door is open and the hand of friendship extended."

The resolution also urges countries to assist the new government with defeating the terrorist group ISIL, also known as Daesh, and other such groups operating in Libya.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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