Kerry meets UN envoy for Libya, supports unified government

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets UN secretary-general’s special envoy for Libya to discuss efforts to support unified Libyan government

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US Secretary of State John Kerry testifies before a House Appropriations subcommittee in Washington February 24, 2016.

UN secretary-general’s special representative for Libya, Martin Kobler met US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday, to discuss efforts to support a unified Libyan government, US State Department said.

Kerry said Washington would support in-waiting Prime Minister Fayez Seraj and his proposed interim government ‘Government of National Accord’, ahead of a meeting in Tunis next week to discuss its establishment in the capital, Tripoli, the US State Department said in a statement.

The statement claimed that Kerry expressed concern that a group of ‘spoilers’, amongst Libyan leaders, will prevent a formal vote to endorse the cabinet.

The only options for uniting Libya and defeating militancy, in the opinion of Western diplomats, is to establish a plan for a political transition negotiated by the United Nations.

Western diplomats looked on with growing exasperation as Libya’s House of Representatives rejected one proposed unity government.

"The country needs to move ahead now, or risk division and collapse," Kobler told the UN Security Council this week.

Libya suffers from turmoil as it is currently capsized in conflict after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

TRTWorld, Reuters