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“Too many Libyans continue to die”, says UN envoy

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Bernardino Leon, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of UNSMIL. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre

Too many Libyans continue to die and far too much destruction has taken place in the country, according to the Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya.

Bernardino León was briefing the UN Security Council on Wednesday on the situation in the North African nation, plagued by factional fighting since the overthrow of President Muammar al-Qhadafi in 2011.

He said the overall humanitarian situation continues to cause concern, with the number of internally displaced doubled since last September.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The UN envoy said that since his last briefing in February, conditions in Libya have continued to deteriorate amidst significant political fragmentation and violence.

Bernardino León explained that the country is at a critical stage, and called it his “duty” to seize the opportunity of addressing the Council to urge all parties in Libya to continue to engage constructively in the dialogue process.

“The Libyan people have been crying out for an end to the chaos. I am pleased to report today that this message has been heard by a number of courageous Libyan leaders who on 11 July, in Skhirat, Morocco, initialled a political agreement. This act signaled the adoption of a framework for further talks and has brought the country one step closer to ending the conflict and fulfilling the goals of the 2011 revolution.”

Mr León added that important progress has been made through this agreement.

But he underlined that crucial work remains to complete what he called this “initial and significant development”.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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