An important step towards restoring peace and stability in Libya has been taken today. With the initialing of the political agreement, the House of Representatives, the independents and representatives of Misrata proved their determination to find a peaceful solution to the crisis that, for almost one year, has divided, impoverished, and inflicted suffering on the Libyan people. They have taken the future of Libya in their hands, in a responsible and courageous way.
I hope that those who have not yet initialed the agreement could display a similar spirit of consensus and responsibility, in the interest of all the Libyan people.
The European Union is ready to support a government of national accord (GNA), as soon as it is established, so that all Libyans can quickly reap the benefits of this move towards peace and stability. In particular, the EU will immediately help with capacity and institution building to national and local authorities, with a view to assist with the rapid resumption of service delivery, should the Libyan authorities require so, in a spirit of equal partnership.
I would like to thank the UNSG Special Representative Bernardino Léon for his tireless efforts to bring parties towards a deal, and the Government of Morocco for supporting the UN led dialogue. The EU has been consistently and actively supporting this process and is committed to continue to do so in the future.