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Western powers welcome Libyan interim government

LONDON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - France, Germany, Italy, Britainand the United States welcomed an agreement to form a newinterim government for Libya on Friday, saying a "long roadstill lies ahead".

Calling the formation of a new interim government a"critical step", the nations said in a joint statement releasedin London there was much to be done.

"The unified executive authority will have to implement theceasefire agreement, provide essential public services to theLibyan people, initiate a program for meaningful reconciliation,address critical national budget needs, and organize nationalelections," they said.(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Diane Craft)