Security Council resolution shows “clear” support for Libya: UN envoy

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Martin Kobler. UN File Photo / Kim Haughton.

The international community is "united for peace in Libya" following Wednesday's unanimous adoption of a Security Council resolution endorsing a peace deal for the country, according to the senior UN official in the country.

Martin Kobler, head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), called the resolution an important step on the road to peace, security and prosperity.

However, he cautioned that there is a lot of work ahead.

Dianne Penn reports.

In a statement, Mr Kobler described the Security Council resolution as a "clear and unambiguous statement of support" for the Libyan Political Agreement signed last week in the Moroccan city of Skhirat.

The agreement was brokered by the UN and paves the way for a unity government that will be based in the capital, Tripoli.

Two rival regimes have been battling for control in Libya, which has been in turmoil since the overthrow of former President Muammar Al-Qaddafi in 2011.

Mr Kobler spoke to journalists in New York after attending the Security Council meeting.

"It's the end of the political negotiations of Skhirat, but it is also the beginning now of very, very hard work. The Skhirat agreement, the Libyan Political Agreement has to be implemented. The government has to be formed within 30 days. As you know, the country is divided right now. There are institutions in place who are in Tripoli, who are in Tobruk, and it is now very important that the government, that we all together find a way, but in particular the government, to move into Tripoli."

The UN envoy encouraged Libyans to play a role in the transition, adding that now is the time to end the country's political and security crisis.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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