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UN threatens to use sanctions against Libyan forces


Threats of using sanction against some Libyan forces were issued by the United Nation Security Council to discourage any hindering to the progress in the Libyan peace deal.

“Libya sanctions committee is prepared to designate those who threaten Libya’s peace, stability and security or undermine the successful completion of its political transition,” Security Council members said in a statement on Saturday, AFP reports.

The council also urged all Libyan parties to endorse and sign the political deal and “work swiftly towards the formation of a government of national accord.”

According to latest announcement by UN special envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, the new national accord, U.N.-backed government is to be headed by Fayez El-Sarraj, a deputy in the Tripoli parliament, and include three deputy prime ministers, one each from the west, east and south of the country.

Security Council has repeatedly threatened sanctions against Libyans who fail to back the peace process and stressed that the new government will open the door to financial support.

A unity government in Libya is seen as the best chance to tackle migrant-smuggling from Libyan territory across the Mediterranean and the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group.

Libya descended into turmoil since topple of Moamer Qaddafi in 2011. Two sides, House of Representatives and the General National Congress, have been vying for power, and claiming people’s representation. Libya has had two administrations since August 2014 when a militia alliance that includes Islamists overran the capital, forcing the internationally recognized government to take refuge in the east of the country.