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UN Renews Libya Mission, Pledges to Support a Ceasefire

UN Renews Libya Mission, Pledges to Support a Ceasefire

Thursday, 12 September, 2019 - 18:30
Smoke rises during a fight between members of the LNA and GNA in Ain Zara, Tripoli, Libya May 5, 2019. (Reuters)

The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution renewing its mission in Libya for another year and pledging to support struggling efforts to build a ceasefire in the war-torn country.

Libya has been mired in chaos since an uprising toppled and killed ruler Moammar al-Gaddafi in 2011, when the United Nations mission in Libya (UNSMIL) was established.

The Security Council said it asked the UN Secretary-General "to assess the steps required to reach a lasting ceasefire (and) the possible role of UNSMIL in providing scalable ceasefire support."

The pledge of support was requested by UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame, who has pushed for a restart of the political process since Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army launched an offensive in April to conquer the capital, Tripoli.

Haftar's forces are fighting those of the Government of National Accord (GNA), which is led by Fayez al-Sarraj and is recognized by the UN.

Since April, fighting between pro-GNA and pro-Haftar forces has killed at least 1,093 people and wounded 5,752, while some 120,000 others have been displaced, according to the World Health Organization.

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