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UN chief welcomes proposal for Libyan unity gov't
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday welcomed the proposal of nominees for the Presidency Council to form a national unity government in Libya.
In a statement released by his spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, Ban commended the dialogue participants on having reached a final text of a political agreement after comprehensive and broad consultations.
The United Nations on Thursday proposed to a national unity government to warring factions in Libya, a major oil producer in North Africa, which has been witnessing a frayed political process after former leader Muammar Gaddafi was toppled during the 2011 political turmoil.
According to UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), the two main parties in the political dialogue, the General National Congress (GNC) and the internationally recognized House of Representatives (HoR), are expected to agree on five names for the Council by the end of this week.
The UN chief urged Libyan leaders "not to squander this opportunity" to put the country back on the path to building a state, said the statement.
"Now is the time for the parties to the political dialogue to endorse this proposal and sign the Agreement without delay," it added.
The UN-brokered Libyan political agreement was initiated in July by the Tobruk-based HoR alongside representatives of political parties, municipalities and civil society groups, but the GNC did not join the accord.
UNSMIL has sponsored several rounds of political dialogues between the country's political rivals for months in a bid to end the chaos.
[Source: Xinhua, United Nations, 08Oct15]
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