Pittella: Libyan Political Agreement could be vital for the unification of the country and its people
Welcoming the signature of the Libya Political Agreement in Morocco, between the two competing Libyan parliaments and other political powers, Gianni Pittella, president of the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament, expressed his full support for the formation of a united Libyan government and said:
"We call on all parties to fully back the signed deal. It is very important to work together for peace and stability in Libya and to promote democracy and respect for the human rights for all Libyan citizens. At the same time, the new government must fight against terrorism, especially Daesh, whose inhumane activities are challenging global stability.
"For the benefit of Libyan people and of the whole region, any conflict should cease and peace and democracy should be established. It has been a long and turbulent period and now it's time for unification, democracy and progress.
"Our Group fully supports the new agreement and supports Federica Mogherini, high representative of the EU, in her efforts to provide assistance for a successful long-lasting peaceful settlement."
S&D MEP and vice-president for foreign affairs Victor Boştinaru said:
"The UN-backed deal, signed yesterday by the rival factions in Skhirat, is an encouraging step in a country where the situation risks deteriorating in an irremediable way. The humanitarian situation has become very serious and the infiltration of Daesh has heavily intensified in recent weeks.
"What is now fundamental is that a unity government is formed and that this is done without further delays. It must have the full support of all factions and must have control over the entire country, including through a national army. The Libyan people cannot wait any longer; the stability of the entire region is at stake."