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Libya: Politics and Government

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 19801, tabled on 24 February 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on support for the UN-backed Government of National Accord in Libya; and if he will make a statement.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

3 March 2020

The UK is clear that the Government of National Accord is the UN-endorsed government in Libya. We are also active in our support for the United Nations' central role in facilitating a Libyan-led and Libyan-owned inclusive political process. The Prime Minister represented the UK at the Berlin Conference on Libya on 19 January, alongside other international leaders, and urged those present to respect the UN Arms Embargo, support a ceasefire and a return to the UN-led political process. The conclusions of the Berlin Conference were endorsed by UK-led UN Security Council resolution 2510 (2020), which demands full compliance with the UN arms embargo, calls for an end to foreign military interference in Libya and makes clear that individuals or entities who breach the arms embargo or the ceasefire may be sanctioned with travel bans and asset freezes. In Munich on 16 February, I attended the first meeting of the International Follow Up Committee to the Berlin Conference. Alongside this, the UK welcomes and supports the UN's efforts to promote dialogue between Libyans on the political, security and economic tracks and encourages all parties to engage constructively with UNSRSG Salamé.

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