Joint Statement by the Ambassadors and Special Envoys of France, the European Union, Germany, Portugal, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States (April 22, 2016)

We commend the courageous efforts of the clear majority of House of Representatives (HoR) MPs who, in spite of unacceptable threats to prevent the HoR from living up to its historic responsibility to the Libyan people, expressed their endorsement of the Government of National Accord (GNA) in their statement last night (21 April, 2016).

We value their commitment to implement the Libyan Political Agreement, and welcome their granting of confidence to the GNA and their call for the GNA to continue efforts to ensure inclusivity and consensus throughout Libya.

We deeply respect and value the role of HoR as the legislative body of the LPA and the guardian of Libya’s democracy. In accordance with yesterday’s statement, we welcome the decision to convene the HoR in a Libyan location that offers security and safety for its members.

We call on the GNA’s Presidency Council and Cabinet to assume their responsibilities through a quick and peaceful transfer of power, and encourage them to take further immediate steps to meet the needs of the Libyan people. We note the support that the GNA has received from the African Union, the League of Arab States, the Organization of Islamic Conference and the Group of Neighbouring States, and we reiterate the resolve of our governments, in accordance with UNSCR 2259, to work with the GNA as Libya’s sole legitimate government, in order to support Libya in its path to unity and restored security and prosperity.

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