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New Libyan leader seeks support from Western, regional powers

ByREUTERS
May 16, 2016 16:37

VIENNA - Libya's UN-backed unity government met Western and regional powers on Monday to seek their help as it tries to establish authority over a country divided by armed factions and threatened by Islamist insurgents.

Germany's foreign minister said it was still unclear if the Government of National Accord (GNA), which sailed into Tripoli on March 30, would be able to end the bloody chaos that Libyans have endured since Muammar Gaddafi's fall five years ago.



"The decisive question is whether Libya, directly on Europe's southern border, remains a place where terrorism, the crime of human trafficking and instability keep spreading or whether we and the GNA will be able to restore stability and the rule of law," Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters as he arrived at the talks in Vienna.

"This is an open question at the moment."

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