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Libyan Newswire


UNITED NATIONS, Dec 5 — The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has strongly condemned the spiralling violence in Libya, including a recent round of air raids in the western part of the country, and urged all parties in the conflict to give dialogue a chance to succeed.

In a statement on Friday, UNSMIL noted with deep concern the “disastrous impact” the attacks have on civilians and infrastructure, warning that the violence was also endangering the political process.

It said while the mission has proposed to convene a new round of inclusive dialogue among Libyan stakeholders next week to seek ways to end the country’s political and security crisis and restore stability, the continuing escalation in the violence, and statements threatening more military action “do not help create the atmosphere conducive to hold this political dialogue”.

“Furthermore, this escalation amounts to an attempt to undermine the dialogue’s chances.
Consequently, all influential Libyan actors are called upon to do their utmost to ensure that
this escalation ceases immediately, to give the dialogue in which all major Libyan stakeholders are taking part in the chance to succeed,” the statement said.

It said UNSMIL was convinced that those seeking to undermine the dialogue through these
attacks will not achieve their objectives, adding that Libyans wish for this dialogue to be
successful and will not be deterred from supporting and participating in it.

It recalled that under UN Security Council resolution 2174 (2014), individuals and entities that threaten Libya’s peace, stability or security will face targeted sanctions.

UNSMIL also noted that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the parties to end the attacks and prevent further escalation.

According to the UNSMIL, at a ministerial meeting in Brussels this week, key members of the
international community warned that if key stakeholders fail to participate in the UN-led
political process, they will consider additional measures to protect Libya’s unity, stability and prosperity.

The International Contact Group (ICG) convened by the African Union this week in Addis Ababa called for an immediate and unconditional end to the fighting, and expressed support for resolution 2174.

On Nov 11, Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), warned the UN Security Council about growing political instability in Libya.

She said the country is currently split with two governments vying for legitimacy.