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    UN Envoy for Libya Welcomes Arrival of Legitimate Government to Tripoli

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    UN Envoy for Libya Martin Kobler said that he commends the arrival of Libya’s Presidency Council in the capital Tripoli.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The arrival of Libya’s Presidency Council in the capital Tripoli is a welcome development and should be followed with a peaceful transition of power, UN Envoy for Libya Martin Kobler said in a statement on Wednesday.

    "I commend the courage, determination and leadelibyarship of the Presidency Council under its President Fayez Serraj in moving forward with the implementation of the Libyan political agreement and the aspiration of the overwhelming majority of the Libyan people," the statement said.

    The announcement of the Presidency Council’s arrival in Tripoli comes after reports that its rival government, the General National Council, forcibly closed airspace to prevent the internationally-recognized government from landing in Tripoli.

    In December, Libya’s rival governments agreed to create a Government of National Accord and end the political struggle that began after the 2011 overthrow of then-president Muammar Gaddafi by western-backed Islamic extremists.

    Kobler added that the international community stands behind the unity government and called on the Libyan people to support the Government of National Accord.


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