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Douglas Alexander MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, following reports of Parliamentary Answers given to the Shadow Foreign Secretary showing that no civil servants at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or Ministry of Defence are working full time on post-conflict planning in Libya, said:

“This is a startling and deeply worrying admission that appears to confirm no members of staff at either the FCO or the MoD are working full time on post-conflict planning.

“Conflict is easier to begin than to end and the experience of past conflicts surely shows that post-conflict planning that help build local political processes and a secure environment are absolutely crucial aspects to a real post-conflict plan.

“Labour has been clear that we support the enforcement of UN Resolution 1973 but the Government should respond to growing concerns that the planning for the aftermath of the conflict is confused and behind schedule.”

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