Ottawa cautiously welcomes plan for Libyan unity government

Smoke billows from the site of clashes on the road leading to the airport in the Libyan capital Tripoli on July 20, 2014Canada on Saturday welcomed an agreement among some rival Libyan factions to form a national unity government aimed at stemming the chaos in that country, but cautioned that “serious challenges” remain. “Canada considers this agreement to be a promising first step in restoring unity and democracy in Libya, with important benefits for regional security,” Stephane Dion, the Canadian foreign minister, said in a statement. UN officials have called the deal, signed at the Moroccan resort town of Skhirat, a “first step” toward ending the crisis in Libya and stemming advances by extremist groups like Islamic State.

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