UN Security Council backed Libya unity accord; urged to implement it in 30 days

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Who: United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
What: Adopted a resolution endorsing Libya unity accord
When: 23 December 2015

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on 23 December 2015 unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing an agreement between Libya’s rival camps on forming a unity government.

The Security Council urged the parties to implement its terms within the 30-day as prescribed by the agreement to form a Government of National Accord. It also called on the world community to provide all necessary aid to defeat terrorist groups.

The 15-nation UN body gave its support to the deal signed on 17 December 2015 in Morocco between representatives of strife-torn Libya’s two competing regimes. The deal to unify the government calls for a Unity government, headed by businessman Fayez el-Sarraj as premier.

The agreement brokered by United Nations was facilitated by the Secretary-General Special Representative, Martin Kobler, in a bid to end a four-year-long crisis that has left nearly 2.4 million Libyans in desperate need of humanitarian aid.

The internationally recognised government was expelled from Libyan capital Tripoli in August 2014 and is based in the east of the country, while another Islamist-backed body holds the capital.