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UN chief urges restraint in Libya as eastern forces move west

UN “I am deeply concerned by the military movement taking place in Libya and the risk of confrontation. “There is no military solution,’’ Guterres wrote in a tweet. According to him, only intra-Libyan dialogue can solve Libyan problems. “I call for calm and restraint as I prepare to meet the Libyan leaders in the country,’’ the UN chief added. He arrived in Libya on Wednesday. Libya’s eastern military forces loyal to powerful Gen. Khalifa Haftar had moved toward the western part of the country, where the capital Tripoli is controlled by a rival government backed by the UN. The operation, ordered by Haftar, is aimed at “cleansing the western zone of terrorist groups.’’ In recent months, Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army has expanded its foothold in south-western Libya. Libya has been in turmoil since the NATO-backed ouster of its long-time autocrat, Moamer Gaddafi, in 2011. The oil-rich country has at […]

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“I am deeply concerned by the military movement taking place in Libya and the risk of confrontation.

“There is no military solution,’’ Guterres wrote in a tweet.

According to him, only intra-Libyan dialogue can solve Libyan problems.

“I call for calm and restraint as I prepare to meet the Libyan leaders in the country,’’ the UN chief added.

He arrived in Libya on Wednesday.

Libya’s eastern military forces loyal to powerful Gen. Khalifa Haftar had moved toward the western part of the country, where the capital Tripoli is controlled by a rival government backed by the UN.

The operation, ordered by Haftar, is aimed at “cleansing the western zone of terrorist groups.’’

In recent months, Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army has expanded its foothold in south-western Libya.

Libya has been in turmoil since the NATO-backed ouster of its long-time autocrat, Moamer Gaddafi, in 2011.

The oil-rich country has at least two rival administrations: one based in Tripoli and the other in the eastern city of Tobruk, which is allied with Haftar.

Haftar’s new campaign comes ahead of a UN-organised national reconciliation conference due to be held in Libya later this month.

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