UN Security Council Welcomes Political Dialogue on Libya

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The UN Security Council expressed support for political dialogue aimed at a peaceful resolution of the Libyan crisis, according to a statement released Thursday.

UNITED NATIONS, (RIA Novosti) – The UN Security Council expressed support for political dialogue aimed at a peaceful resolution of the Libyan crisis, according to a statement released Thursday.

“[UN Security Council members] expressed their strong support for efforts to address differences between the parties through peaceful and inclusive dialogue and within the framework of a political process. The members of the Security Council called on all parties to reject violence and to engage in the political process,” the statement said.

According to the statement, members of the Security Council also “expressed their readiness to use targeted sanctions, including asset freezes and travel bans, against individuals or entities that threatened Libya’s peace and stability or undermined its political transition.”

The Security Council also “welcomed the agreement for the UN to facilitate another meeting following the Eid al-Adha holiday and strongly encouraged broad participation and progress towards achieving a peaceful solution in Libya.”

“The members of the Security Council expressed their intention to continue to follow developments in Libya closely,” the Thursday statement said.

Last week, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that Libya is “in deep crisis”, adding that “over 300,000 Libyans are displaced and infrastructure is destroyed” in the country.

Libya is currently facing its worst wave of violence since the 2011 overthrow and the subsequent civil war. After the conflict, the country has seen violent clashes between numerous militias, armed with weapons seized from Gaddafi government ammunition depots. According to the Libya Body Count data, more than 1,100 people have been killed in Libya this year.

 

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