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UN Secretary-General urges dialogue between Libyan parties after deadly clashes

UN Secretary-General urges dialogue between Libyan parties after deadly clashes

The U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres is following “with deep concern” violent clashes which took place in the Libyan capital Tripoli causing civilian casualties, said Stéphane Dujarric, a spokesman for Guterres, on Saturday.

According to Dujarric, the Secretary-General calls for “an immediate cessation of violence in Tripoli.”

“He urges the Libyan parties to engage in a genuine dialogue to address the ongoing political impasse and not to use force to resolve their differences,” said Dujarric.

“The United Nations remains ready to provide good offices and mediation to help Libyan actors chart a way out of the political deadlock, which is increasingly threatening Libya’s hard-won stability,” concluded the spokesman.

Violence erupted in the Libyan capital on Saturday between armed groups, causing the death of at least 32 people while 159 were injured, according to the Ministry of Health.

The clashes involved armed groups that back Dbeibeh’s government, against forces of Fathi Bashagha, who was selected as interim premier by Libya’s House of Representatives last February after Dbeibeh failed to organize national elections in December 2021 as per the UN-led peace plan.

32 people killed, 159 wounded after clashes break out in Tripoli