The European Union (EU) welcomes and fully supports the Libyan Political Agreement that the UN Special Representative Secretary-General (UN SRSG) Bernardino Leon presented to Libyan delegates in Skhirat, Morocco on 8th October, 2015. It expresses appreciation to all those who have constructively participated in the negotiations over many months, demonstrating a sense of responsibility and leadership. It equally welcomes the nomination of senior figures for the new Government of National Accord who will now have the responsibility to form a cabinet and oversee the swift implementation of the agreement.
The EU calls on all Libyan parties to quickly approve and support this deal so that Libya can take the path of peace and prosperity. This is the only way to meet the aspirations of the Libyan people. The EU recognizes that this will be an important first step in returning Libya on the path towards peaceful transition, but it is a step that is essential to take now. Those tempted to obstruct this agreement will be held responsible, as it cited readiness to work in close partnership with the new Government of National Accord, once it is formed, to offer immediate and substantial support in a number of different areas defined together with the Libyan authorities.
The European Union is a politico-economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe. The EU operates through a system of supranational institutions and intergovernmental-negotiated decisions by the member states.
A Special Representative of the Secretary-General is a highly respected expert who has been appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to represent her/him in meetings with heads of state on critical human rights issues. The representatives can carry out country visits to investigate allegations of human rights violations or act as negotiators on behalf of the United Nations.
Libya is a country located in North Africa bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad and Niger to the south, and Algeria and Tunisia to the west. With an area of almost 1.8 million square km (700,000 sq mi), Libya is the 4th largest country in Africa, and is the 17th largest country in the world and the 10th largest proven oil reserves of any country in the world. The largest city and capital, Tripoli, is located in western area and contains over 1 million of Libya’s 6 million people. The other large city is Benghazi, which is located in eastern part of the country.