High Representative Federica Mogherini yesterday welcomed on behalf of the European Union the signature of the Libya Political Agreement, pledging support to the upcoming Government of National Accord.
"A historic step has been taken today towards restoring peace and stability for the Libyan people," Mogherini said on behalf of the EU. "The signature of the Libya Political Agreement by representatives of the members of the House of Representatives and General National Congress, Independents, Municipalities, political parties and civil society paves the way to a peaceful solution to a terrible crisis that has divided, impoverished, and inflicted so much suffering on the Libyan people, and which poses a growing threat not just to Libya itself but also its neighbours, including the EU."
The EU pledges its support to the upcoming Government of National Accord and is ready to offer immediate and substantial support in a number of different areas: a 100 million euro aid package is already available to deliver services the Libyan population urgently needs.
The responsibility lies with the Libyans for the successful implementation of the agreement and the EU, and the international community stand ready to support them in this endeavour.
The declaration underlined the Libyan ownership of the process and the importance of continuing to keep it open and inclusive. The EU expressed its gratitude to UNSMIL and the UNSGSR Martin Kobler for the dedication and skill they have shown in bringing Libyan parties together.