UN Secretary General irked over rising civilian casualties in Libya

PTI United Nations | Updated on March 12, 2018

The UN Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, has voiced concern over the “unacceptably” large number of civilian casualties in Libya and said that there can be no military solution to the crisis in the country.

Mr Moon asked all the Libyan parties to immediately engage with his Special Envoy Abdel-Elah Al-Khatib and respond positively to ideas presented to them to end the bloodshed in the country.

The Secretary General “reiterates his strongly held belief that there can be no military solution to the Libyan crisis. A ceasefire that is linked to a political process which would meet the aspirations of the Libyan people, is the only viable means to achieving peace and security in Libya,” a statement from his office said.

“The Secretary General is deeply concerned by reports of the unacceptably large number of civilian casualties as a result of the conflict in Libya,” said the statement.

Expressing solidarity with the Libyan people, Mr Moon called on all parties to “exercise extreme caution in their actions, in order to minimise any further loss of civilian life.”

He also had a telephone conversation with Libyan Prime Minister, Baghdadi al-Mahmudi, on Wednesday during which he said he was “very troubled” that there had been an “absolute lack of progress” in efforts to find a politically negotiated solution to the country’s crisis.

He told Mr al-Mahmudi that the UN Security Council member states had reiterated concerns about the continuing loss of life and destruction of infrastructure.

Earlier this week, Russia, India, Brazil and other UN Security Council delegations had expressed concerns about NATO strikes on Libyan state television last month and other attacks that have allegedly killed civilians.

Published on August 12, 2011

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