PSC/PR/COMM.(CDXLII)
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COMMUNIQUE
The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 642 nd meeting held on 6
December 2016, adopted the following decision on the outcome of the meeting of the AU HighLevel Committee on Libya, held in Addis Ababa, on 8 November 2016, at the level of Heads of
State and Government:
Council:
1.
Takes note of the briefing made by the Commissioner for Peace and Security,
Ambassador Smail Chergui. Council also takes note of the Statement made by the Permanent
Representative of Libya to the AU;
2.
Recalls its previous communiques and press statements on the situation in Libya, in
particular, communique (PSC/PR/COMM. (DCIV), adopted at its 604th meeting held on 9 June
2016, in which Council stressed AU’s deep concern at the prevailing humanitarian and security
situation in the country and strongly condemned all acts of violence;
3.
Welcomes the convening of the meeting of the AU High-Level Committee on Libya, and
the neighboring countries of Libya, held in Addis Ababa, on 8 November 2016, at the level of
Heads of State and Government, and fully endorses the communique of that meeting;
4.
Expresses deep concern at the escalating violence, the deadlock in the political process,
and the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the country. In this context, Council
reaffirms its conviction that there is no military solution to the conflict in Libya and that all
Libyan stakeholders must strive to overcome their political differences through dialogue;
5.
Urges the Members of the House of Representatives (HoR) and the Presidency Council
of the Government of National Accord (GNA) to work together with a view to resolving the
outstanding political issues dividing them and to chart a positive way forward. In this regard,
Council underscores the urgent need for the appointment of a new and more inclusive list of
cabinet towards the formation of a new GNA. Council also urges the HoR to endorse, as soon as
possible, the new consensual list, as provided for in the Libyan Political Agreement. Council
appeals to the current GNA to continue to perform its duties until the endorsement of a new
cabinet by the HoR;
6.
Encourages all Libyan stakeholders, while expressing its satisfaction for the gains made
in the fight against terrorism and, in particular, the defeat of the Islamic State in Sirte, to
continue the fight until the complete elimination of these terrorist elements from the Libyan
territory. In this regard, Council appeals to AU Member States and the international
community, as a whole, to continue to extend their support to the GNA, in the efforts aimed at
eliminating the terrorist threat;

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