Key countries back unity government in stabilizing Libya

AP News
Posted: Apr 07, 2016 9:35 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain, France and Russia say they are supporting the new United Nations-brokered unity government in Libya and urged international support for its efforts to reunite and stabilize the deeply divided country.

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said creating a central authority that can work effectively throughout the country is especially important "in light of the terrorist threat" and the presence of the Islamic State extremist group.

France's U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre said the unity government has a "historic opportunity" to create the conditions for stability "and roll back the chaos" in which IS has thrived.

Britain's U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft stressed that there must be "a step-by-step process" supported by the international community.

They spoke before Thursday's closed briefing to the Security Council by U.N. envoy to Libya Martin Kobler.