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British Ambassador to Libya speaks to Committee

6 July 2016

On Thursday 7 July the EU External Affairs Sub-Committee is holding a one-off evidence session on Libya, examining progress in establishing the political authority of the new Government of National Accord, on the fight against ISIL, and on tackling migrant smuggling.


Thursday 7 July in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 10.05am

  • Mr Peter Millett, British Ambassador to Libya

Possible questions

Questions the Committee is likely to put to the witness include:

  • How would you assess the current security situation in Libya?
  • What is your view of the progress being made towards recognition of the Government of National Accord (GNA)?
  • How do you assess Western efforts (through EUBAM Libya, UNSMIL etc) to support governance building?
  • How has the role of so-called ISIL changed over the last year?
  • How do Western Special Forces operations against ISIL with particular Libyan armed groups work alongside political efforts to reach a sharing of military power under the GNA?
  • Do you see the extension of Operation Sophia—the EU's operation to tackle people smuggling—to include arms control as conducive to stabilising the GNA's power?
  • Have Western sanctions proved effective? Should they be extended?
  • What spill-over effect does Libya's fragile security situation have on Algeria and Tunisia?


This evidence session follows a briefing in July 2015, when the EU External Affairs Committee took evidence from Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG and Professor George Joffé on the situation in Libya. The Committee also considered the importance of the establishment of a stable Libyan government to EU efforts to manage migration on the southern Mediterranean route in the report Operation Sophia, the EU's naval mission in the Mediterranean: an impossible challenge, published in May 2016

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