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UN SECURITY COUNCIL CALLS FOR LIBYA CEASEFIRE

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA.COM

The United Nations Security Council has called on Libya's warring parties to commit to a ceasefire after a deadly air raid on a detention centre for migrants and refugees near the capital, Tripoli.

"The members of the Security Council stressed the need for all parties to urgently de-escalate the situation and to commit to a ceasefire," the 15-member body said in a joint statement on Friday.

"Lasting peace and stability in Libya will come only through a political solution."

The UN's most powerful body also called on the parties to rapidly return to UN-mediated political talks, and urged other countries not to intervene or exacerbate conflict in Libya, which has been wracked by chaos since the NATO-backed overthrow of leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The council press statement was the first approved by all 15 members since the leader of the self-styled Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar, launched an offensive in early April to wrestle the capital from forces loyal to the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA).

The statement was spurred by Tuesday night's raid on the detention centre in Tajoura, which the council said killed 53 people and wounded more than 130 others. The International Organization for Migration said on Friday that six children were among those killed

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question is, will Haftar get troops loyal to him, to stop attacking, particularly in light of the reality that they appear to be winning?!?

Were I a betting person, I would not hold my breath, and expect Haftar that Haftar will either participate in these talks, or stop fighting, particularly when it appears that he may well be winning the war on the ground in Libya.

And there is a companion article from yesterday, to which both the UN and the US need to pay attention, and it is this: LIBYA’S HAFTAR SAYS WANTS TO CONTROL TRIPOLI, NOT OIL

My sense is that the UN Security Council will have to offer much more than "a meeting, or series of meetings, before he will feel obligated to "come to the table." for any talks whatsoever.

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