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UN Criticizes LNA Operations in Southern Libya

UN Criticizes LNA Operations in Southern Libya

Monday, 21 January, 2019 - 06:45
UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame. (Reuters)

The United Nations mission in Libya expressed on Sunday its “deep concern” over the military developments in the South.

It what was seen as an indirect criticism of the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) campaign in the region, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the mission, Ghassan Salame called on all parties to “exercise maximum restraint.”

"I have visited the city of Sabha last week and sensed that the people of the South, representing different political and ethnic backgrounds, have a genuine desire to settle the issues dividing them, for a better future for their region,” said the envoy in a statement.

“This is precisely what the South needs, addressing the pressing issues, the most important of which are the security and humanitarian concerns.”

“I also observed that they are strongly convinced that war and conflicts would only exacerbate the situation rather than finding viable solutions for these issues.”

Salame’s remarks coincided with a surprise meeting head of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj held in Tripoli with lawmakers from the southern regions.

The talks discussed the situation in the South and government efforts to resolve problems in the health, education, transportation and energy sectors there, said a statement from Sarraj’s office.

On the ground, the LNA’s Tareq bin Ziad brigade announced that it had deployed heavily to apply the law and restore stability in the South.

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