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Guterres calls for “immediate measures” to prevent civil war in Libya

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stressed on Sunday that the time has come to take immediate and decisive measures to prevent the outbreak of a full civil war in Libya, warning those gathered at the Berlin conference that the conflict in this Arab country could lead to its permanent division.

“We face a clear danger of regional escalation, and I truly believe that there is no military solution in Libya. It is time to take immediate and decisive action to prevent a full civil war,” Guterres said in his speech to world leaders participating in the conference.

He added: “Such a conflict could lead to a humanitarian nightmare with which the country becomes vulnerable to permanent division.”

He continued, “For Libya’s immediate neighbors, south of the Mediterranean and the Sahel region in particular, the consequences are dire and tangible: more terrorism, more human trafficking, and drug and arms trafficking and people.”

Guterres clarified that since last April (the date intended for the retirement of General Haftar to launch his military campaign) “the conflict around Tripoli has resulted in the death and injury of thousands, including hundreds of civilians.”

He added, “International humanitarian law has been repeatedly challenged, more than 170,000 in Libya have been forced to leave their homes, and more than 220 schools in Tripoli have been closed; thus depriving 116,000 children of their basic human right to education, and migrants and refugees trapped in detention centers have been affected.” Who are close to the fighting and are still suffering in appalling conditions. ”

He stressed that “this terrible situation cannot be allowed to continue.”

Guterres warned that the Libyan crisis would lead to “losing the battle against terrorism on the African continent,” stressing that “we will not succeed without peace and stability in Libya.”

He called on “all those directly or indirectly involved in the conflict to do their utmost to support the effective cessation of hostilities and the silencing of the clank of weapons.”

He also called for the necessity to “stop the flagrant violations of the arms embargo imposed by the Security Council.”

Guterres urged “the Libyan parties to engage in a goodwill dialogue on political, economic and military issues in a comprehensive process led by Libya.”

The forces of retired general Khalifa Hifter have launched, since April 4, an attack to control the capital, Tripoli (west), the seat of the internationally recognized “National Accord” government, which at that time aborted the efforts of the United Nations to hold a dialogue conference between the Libyans.

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