Do not abandon hopes for more united Libya: UN official

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Benghazi, Libya. Photo: UNSMIL/Iason Athanasiadis

The international community cannot afford to abandon hope for a better, more united Libya, the UN representative for the country told the Security Council on Wednesday.

Martin Kobler was updating members on the ongoing crisis in Libya, which has been wracked by instability and political division since 2011.

Dianne Penn reports.

Libyan leaders signed a political agreement back in December 2015 aimed at bringing stability to their country and creating a unified government.

But as Mr Kobler told the Council, concluding an accord is one thing; implementing it, another.

Still, he said, there is overwhelming national and international support for the Libyan Political Agreement.

He added that a roadmap is being developed to allow limited amendments to the deal.

Mr Kobler called for ambassadors to support Libyan-led efforts aimed at finding a durable solution, warning that without progress on the political side, the symptoms of the conflict will only worsen.

 "Since March, 65 civilians were killed during armed conflict, some by indiscriminate bombing. We cannot become numb to the suffering this conflict is causing; we cannot compromise the basic principles that unite us, that make us human.  Nor can we afford to abandon our hopes and our desire for a better, more united Libya."

The UN official stated that overall, Libyans desire peace, security and a better future for their children.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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