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TRIPOLI, Aug. 27 –The newly appointed U.N. envoy to Libya has said that he does not believe foreign intervention of any kind can halt the North African country’s turmoil as political divisions and infighting push it deeper into chaos.
Only an inclusive political process with all Libyans represented in parliament, government and other state institutions will end the current chaos, Bernardino Leon told reporters, without describing how the elusive goal could be achieved.
Libya needs “a lot of international support” to back “Libyans who want to fight chaos … through a political process.” he said.
Libya currently has two rival parliaments in different parts of the country, and two different governments.
The Spanish diplomat spoke in Cairo on Tuesday on his final trip as a European envoy to the region. He takes up his post as the UN special envoy to Libya next month.
He was in Cairo following a meeting of diplomats from Libya’s neighbors where there were calls for an international push to disarm its myriads of militias.
Leon said Libya’s neighbors are in a better position to assess what is going on and to take decisions on ways to support a political process.
“We all agreed that more conflict, more use of force will not help Libya get out of the current chaos,” he said, which would also impact countries in the region, in Europe and beyond.
Libya’s divisions are rooted in rivalries between Islamists and non-Islamists, as well as powerful tribal and regional allegiances between groups who quickly filled the power vacuum the fall of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Successive transitional governments have failed to control them.