Washington (AFP) – The United States and five European nations reaffirmed their commitment to Libyan “territorial integrity and national unity” Monday, as the North African nation works toward a unity government to emerge from chaos.
“We reiterate that Libya’s challenges can only be addressed by a government that can effectively oversee and protect Libya’s independent institutions,” Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United States said in a joint statement.
Libya has an elected parliament and an internationally recognized government based in the far eastern city of Tobruk, and a rival government and legislature backed by Islamists in Tripoli.
The United Nations has been brokering negotiations since January on a deal to form a national unity government.
“We express our concern at attempts to divert Libyan resources to the narrow benefit of any side in the conflict and to disrupt financial and economic institutions that belong to all Libyans,” the Western countries said.