More entreaties. UN calls for end of bloodshed in Libya

13.04.2019, Geneva.

It is time to cease military action in Libya before it is too late, and to sit down at the negotiating table, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on April 10 during his meeting with journalists after a UN Security Council meeting behind closed doors.

The politician believes it is necessary to do the utmost to prevent the worst: senseless bloodshed, as the situation around Tripoli does not and can not have a military solution.

Guterres highlighted the efforts of the UN special representative in Libya Ghassan Salamé and promised to provide support to all his initiatives to organize a peaceful dialogue between the opposing sides.

Furthermore, the UN Secretary General expressed concern about the fate of refugees and internal migrants.

On April 4, the forces of the Libyan National Army (LNA) under the command of Khalifa Haftar began an operation to take the capital city of Libya, Tripoli. On April 5, UN Security Council called upon the opposing sides to stop the armed conflict.

On April 6, LNA entered the city of Tripoli. The UN Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting on Libya on April 10. The meeting discussed the letter by the Head of the Government of National Accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, in which he asked to protect Tripoli from Haftar’s forces.

In 2011, the UN SC proposed the creation of a no-fly zone over Libya, which triggered a state coup in Libya, leading to the murder of the country’s leader, Muammar Gaddafi, and a civil war. Later, the former president of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev, who was in power at the time, said that the UNSC lied to Russia, and NATO aviation started bombing Libya with impunity.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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