>> A cry for help from Libya's Prime Minister as he met with US Secretary of State John Kerry and other western and regional powers in Vienna on Monday. The UN backed Unity government has yet to assert control over Libya as it tries to establish authority over a country divided by armed factions and threatened by Islamist insurgents.
In particular, they want weapons and will soon seek exemptions from a UN arms embargo. Reuters Libya correspondent, Aidan Lewis is in Tripoli. He says no formal request for help has been made until now.>> This is very sensitive in Libya. The whole issue of foreign intervention after what happened since 2011 and the Uprising against Muammar Gaddafi, and the failure of international plans for Libya since then.
Libyans are very, very sensitive to any idea that they're dependent on Western or foreign powers to resolve their problems. And, the Unity government has received a lot of criticism for being chosen by the United Nations, by the international community, and arriving in Libya with their support.>> The big issue for the west is security they're pinning their hopes on the government of National Accord to defeat Islamic state which has ceased the pockets of territory, they also hope that it'll crack down on the smuggling of migrants across the Mediterranean to Europe.
But there's still a long way to go. The government still has to win the backing of some of the many armed factions. While smugglers and militants continue to take advantage of the political instability.