By John Lee.
The European Union (EU) has said that it "warmly welcomes" the appointment of Ghassan Salamé as new Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, who will play a central mediation role based on the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA).
In a statement issued by the EU's Foreign Affairs Council on Libya, it added:
"The conclusions recognises that recent violence threatens Libya's stability. The EU believes there is no solution to the Libyan crisis through the use of force.
"The Council reiterates its firm support to the Libyan Political Agreement and to the Presidency Council and Government of National Accord [GNA] led by Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj established under it as the sole legitimate government authorities in the country.
"The EU calls on all armed groups to refrain from violence, to commit to demobilisation and to recognize the authorities entrusted by the Libyan Political Agreement as the only ones having the right to control Libya's defence and security forces."