Libya's displaced reaches "staggering" 435,000

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Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Martin Kobler. UN Photo/Manuel Elías

The number of people displaced by war and conflict in Libya has reached "a staggering 435,000" according to the UN's Special Representative there.

Martin Kobler was briefing the Security Council on Monday and he said that the implementation of the six-month old Libyan Political Agreement had "stalled".

Matthew Wells reports.

Mr Kobler said that the "hope and optimism" that had been felt by Libyans over the signing of the agreement contrasted to the mood today of "growing impatience and concern."

After years of factional conflict since the ouster of former President Muammar al-Qhadafi in 2011, the Libyan people deserved better, he said, and he praised the members of Libya's Presidency Council who had tried to forge a unity government since the end of March.

"Today Libya is still without a formally endorsed government. The implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement has stalled, and it has stalled because some parties to the Agreement have failed to uphold their commitments."

He said that the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation and military demands of fighting the terrorist group Daesh, which has a large foothold on the Libyan coast, required "boldness, determination and decisiveness".

Mr Kobler outlined a six-point proposal to end the stalemate, adding that "there simply can be no half-solutions."

He concluded by saying that there was an "urgent need" for the UN Mission, UNSMIL, to re-establish its presence inside Libya, in order to meet the "immediate needs" of the people.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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