Koenders welcomes first step towards Libyan unity government

In the Moroccan town of Skhirat yesterday, a number of Libyan factions signed an agreement on forming a unity government in Libya. Two rival groups have run parallel governments in that country since the summer of 2014. Foreign minister Bert Koenders welcomed the agreement reached by the delegations present in Skhirat but emphasised that it needs to be signed by all the warring parties involved.

‘The agreement is a major step forward, reached after months of negotiations,’ Mr Koenders said. ‘I compliment UN envoy Bernardino León and the negotiating parties for their perseverance. But this is only the first step in the long process of making Libya a stable country again. It’s important that the Tripoli groups join in now because broad support for the agreement is vital. The EU is ready to provide a broad package of support measures as soon as the new government is formed.’