Libya: Politics and Government

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 4th December 2018.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

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

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 UK remains deeply concerned by the security situation in Libya. Recent violence in Tripoli has highlighted the need for more sustainable security arrangements not just in the capital but across the whole of the country. We strongly condemn any threats or use of force which endanger civilians, threaten stability or undermine the UN-led political process.

The political situation in Libya remains complex. We are clear that the only way of achieving stability in Libya is through an inclusive political settlement. The UK strongly supports UN Special Representative Ghassan Salamé and welcomes his plan for a National Conference to take place in early 2019. This is intended to bring together a wide range of Libyan stakeholders in order to seek broader consensus on key questions relating to Libya's political transition. In addition to our support of the UN-led political process, we continue to play an active role in wider efforts to stabilise Libya. This year we have allocated £12 million through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund 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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