UN weighs Libya cease-fire resolution

Clay Curtis
April 17, 2019

Forces allied to Tripoli have accused the LNA of firing rockets into residential areas, but the LNA said in a statement it had nothing to with the shelling, accusing a Tripoli-based group instead.

The U.N. migration agency says recent clashes between rival Libyan militias for control of Tripoli have displaced more than 18,000 people.

Fighting broke out on April 4 when military strongman Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive to take Tripoli, the seat of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA). Abu Salim lies north of forces loyal to Tripoli seeking to stop the LNA troops coming from south.

Britain introduced a draft resolution to the UN Security Council demanding a ceasefire.

The draft resolution, seen by Reuters, expresses "grave concern at military activity in Libya near Tripoli, which began following the launching of a military offensive by the LNA. and threatens the stability of Libya". "The WHO Libya calls on all parties to exercise restraint and avoid causing collateral damage to hospitals, ambulances and health workers", the worldwide organisation demanded.

The UN-backed government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj pledged to protect Tripoli.

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The UN is continuing to reach out to all parties in the conflict.

The United Nations envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, has condemned on Tuesday threats poised by a warring force led Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar against the Presidential Council (PC), which look more like a coup d " état than a counter-terrorism operation.

Asked if the draft resolution could be adopted this week, he said: "It depends on them, not us", without elaborating.

The draft resolution calls on all sides in Libya "immediately to recommit" to United Nations peace efforts and urges all member states "to use their influence over the parties" to see that the resolution is respected.

Diplomats have long complained that foreign powers backing rival sides in Libya threatened to turn the conflict into a proxy war.

Guterres has said serious negotiations on Libya's future can not resume without a ceasefire.

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