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BRICS Issue Statement of Support for Libyan Government

May 27, 2015 (EIRNS)—The Deputy Foreign Ministers of the BRICS met in Moscow on May 25 and issued a statement which, among other things, addressed the Libyan crisis and expressed their support for the legitimate government in its fight against terrorism, also paying lip service to the UN mission:

"The BRICS states expressed serious concern about the escalation of the armed conflict in Libya, highlighting its extremely negative consequences for the Middle East (West Asia) and North Africa and the Sahel region. It was noted that the military intervention into this country in 2011 led to the breakdown of integrated state institutions, effective army and law-enforcement bodies, which in turn resulted in the rise in activities of terrorist and extremist groups. The participants expressed their support for the steps undertaken by legitimate Libyan authorities in combatting the terrorist threat. Underlining the urgency to safeguard the sovereignty of the country and its territorial integrity, they reaffirmed the need to overcome the dissensions between Libyan political forces, and to achieve an agreement on the formation of a National Unity Government as soon as possible. In this context, they expressed their support for the efforts to foster the inter-Libyan dialogue by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Libya, Bernardino Leon, by the neighboring countries and by the African Union."