Libyans lack security they "need and deserve": UN chief

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Two soldiers from forces operating under Libya's Tripoli-based government walking through the deserted streets of Bin Jawad, near the important oil port of Sidra. Photo: Tom Westcott/IRIN

One year on from the signing of a UN-brokered political agreement, the Libyan people still do not have the security and stability that they "need and deserve".

That's according to UN chief Ban Ki-moon, in a statement to mark the anniversary of the Libyan Political Agreement, which paved the way for a new national unity government.

Matthew Wells reports.

Libya has been plagued by political instability and violence since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Mr Ban said the revolution had "brought hope for a better life" for all Libyans, and the signing of the agreement last year had been a "critical milestone".

But so far, it had failed to deliver, he said, due to slow implementation, and the failure of rival factions to support the democratic principles at the heart of the agreement.

The Secretary-General said that much had been achieved with the establishment of the internationally-recognized Presidency Council in the capital Tripoli, the recapture of territory held by ISIL terrorists, and increased national oil production.

The "sacrifices of so many Libyans should not have to be in vain" he said, and he urged political leaders not engaged in the agreement, to join in the effort to find a "consensual solution to the ongoing crisis."

He saluted the efforts of the UN's Special Representative in the country and the staff of the UN Mission UNSMIL in support of the agreement, and said that "hard work and commitment" would be needed to put Libya on the road to lasting peace.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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