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Libyan Conflict Could Plunge Entire Region into Chaos: UN Envoy


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Wed, 04 Sep 2019 23:43 GMT

The UN special envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, warned on Wednesday, September 4th that without action by the Security Council, the country's conflict could escalate if outside patrons step up support for the warring sides, AFP reported.

"Without the unequivocal support of this council and the broader international community for an immediate end to the Libyan conflict, I believe we are faced with two highly unpalatable scenarios," Salame said by video link with the council.

One is "persistent and protracted low-intensity conflict," he said, adding the other is increased support for either warring side by their outside patrons.

"Many Libyans feel abandoned by part of the international community and exploited by others," Salame added

This, he said, would lead to "a sharp escalation that will assuredly plunge the entire region into chaos."

"The idea that war should be given a chance and that a military solution is at all possible is quite simply a chimera," said Salame, who has often said that the council is not united on the Libyan crisis and that some members support one or the other of the warring sides.

Marwa Mohamed, a member of Lawyers for Justice in Libya, also told the council that the international community has no clear message on Libya.

During discussions on the conflict, several states, such as Kuwait, South Africa, Indonesia, and Germany, denounced what they called interference in that country's affairs and repeated violations in the past five months of an arms embargo imposed on Libya in 2011.

At the end of the session, Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzi, the council's president, said it had shown "a quite big degree of unity on Libya."

"Everybody was in the agreement that there are no military solutions for the conflict, that the parties should stop hostilities as soon as possible, announce a ceasefire, and return to a political negotiations under UN auspices," he said.

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