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ADDIS ABABA, Aug 1 — The African Union has made an urgent appeal for an immediate end to violence in Libya.
The Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr. Nkosaazana Dlamini-Zuma, in a media statement issued here Thursday, strongly condemned the acts of violence which have claimed many lives and led to the senseless and massive destruction of property and infrastructure.
She said the AU was following the evolution of the situation in Libya, particularly in Benghazi and Tripoli, with dismay and concern and warned that the violence, if it was not quickly contained and resolved, had the potential of irreparably undermining the cohesion of Libyan society and the very existence of the Libyan State, with far-reaching consequence for regional security and stability.
Dr. Dlamini-Zuma reiterated the AU’s urgent appeal to the Libyan stakeholders to put an immediate end to the current spiral of violence and to work towards the fulfillment of the aspirations of the Libyan people to democracy, the rule of law and socio-economic well-being.
She also reiterated the AU’s full support to the efforts of the interim-Government of Libya and to all other goodwill initiatives aimed at achieving a lasting cessation of the hostilities between the warring parties.
Commending the countries of the region for their continued commitment and determination to help Libya in overcoming the serious challenges facing it, she further urged Africa’s international partners, including the United Nations, to fully support the efforts of the region that shoulders the burden of the crisis in Libya and whose deep knowledge of the situation puts it in a position to effectively assist in the emergence of the consensual solution.