Libya: Politics and Government

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 23rd November 2018.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Sabratha.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The recent violence in Sabratha is deeply concerning. There has been some progress in recent weeks in establishing a Security Arrangements Committee for Tripoli, in order to avoid a repeat of the violence the capital experienced over the summer. The fighting in Sabratha highlights the challenges that exist beyond Tripoli, and the need for more sustainable security arrangements across the whole of Libya. The UK is clear that the only way of achieving security and stability is through an inclusive political settlement. The recent Palermo Conference demonstrated broad support for the next steps in implementing the UN Action Plan, as set out by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General Salamé in his 8 November briefing to the UN Security Council. This includes the convening of a National Conference in early 2019, with a view to creating the conditions for elections in the course of 2019. The UK remains actively engaged in efforts to promote the UN-led political process and has allocated £12 million through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund this year to boost political participation and economic development, and to support the delivery of greater security, stability and resilience, including through tackling extremism.

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