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Friday, February 10, 2017

Lybia: State Department Expresses Concern Over Tactical Forces Entering Tripoli

On Recent Events in Tripoli

Press Statement
Mark C. Toner 
Acting Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 10, 2017

The United States notes with serious concern reports that numerous tactical vehicles from an organization claiming to be the “Libyan National Guard” have entered Tripoli. This deployment has the potential to further destabilize the already fragile security situation in Tripoli.
Libya should work to build a unified national military force under civilian command that is capable of providing security for all Libyans and combating terrorist groups. Disunity and lack of coordination among Libyan forces only benefit ISIS and other terrorist groups seeking to exploit Libyan territory and resources.
We continue to encourage all Libyans to support political reconciliation and the Government of National Accord (GNA) as it works‎ to address Libya’s critical security and economic challenges, preserve Libya’s unity, and oversee the transition to a new government through peaceful elections, within the framework of the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA).
We urge all parties to renew efforts toward national reconciliation through political dialogue.