UN Special Envoy Highlights Importance of Building Unified Libyan Army
17:02 25.10.2016(updated 17:15 25.10.2016)
UN secretary-general and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya said that Building a unified Libyan army is a must in order to build a secure Libya.
CAIRO (Sputnik) – Building a unified Libyan army is a must in order to build a secure Libya, Special Representative of the UN secretary-general and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Martin Kobler said Tuesday.
"More importantly right now is to form a united Libyan army, whose leadership and formations are decided by the Libyans, to be responsible for the security in the country, because a unified Libyan army means a unified Libya," Kobler said at a press conference in Cairo.
Kobler is currently in the Egyptian capital holding talks with Secretary General of the Arabic League Ahmed Aboul Gheit and African Union High Representative for Libya Jakaya Kikwete, to help facilitate dialogue between Libyan parties in order to reach a political solution for the Libyan crisis.
Libya has been ripped apart since 2011, when a long-standing leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown. The country was subsequently contested by two rival governments – the internationally-recognized Council of Deputies based in Tobruk and the Tripoli-based General National Congress.
The United Nations helped to bring about a ceasefire in late 2015 and on March 31, the UN-backed unity government took office in Tripoli. The government has so far failed to unite the country.
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