UN Libya envoy calls for reconciliation after Sirte victory

Forces loyal to Libya's Government of National Accord run past an infantry fighting vehicle as they hold a position in Sirte's Al-Giza Al-Bahriya district on November 21, 2016UN Libya envoy Martin Kobler on Sunday called for national reconciliation and a unified security service after pro-government forces retook the former Islamic State group bastion of Sirte. “I call on Libyans to seize this opportunity to promote national reconciliation,” he said, a day after the UN-backed unity government announced the end of the battle for the coastal city. Speaking from the Tunisian capital, the UN envoy called the recapture of Sirte “a major step forward in liberating Libya from terrorism”, but warned “Libyans should remain vigilant”.

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