The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has called for an immediate ceasefire in Libya, after the state of the country has exacerbated, as the violence has escalated and claimed many lives in recent weeks.
In a press conference, UNSMIL have articulated their growing concern about the clashes in Libya, they say this is a “further reminder of the chaos engulfing Libya and the need for the main…actors to move quickly to reach a political settlement.”
A variety of media outlets have stated that, the recent clashes in the southern cities of, Sabha, Al-Kufra and Awbari have claimed many lives, including three women and four children. These clashes have compelled people to relocate, and flee their homes in search for safety.
A statement by UNSMIL said “UNSMIL calls for an immediate ceasefire and supports all local and national efforts for peace and reconciliation. The mission also urges the sides involved in the confrontations to exercise maximum restrains, listen to the voice of wisdom and engage in talks to address their differences by political means,”
UNSMIL added to this by reminding the sides taking part in the battle that attacks on civilians are prohibited under international humanitarian law and can be seen as a war crime. UNSMIL said “The escalation in fighting in the south, along with a sharp rise in criminal activities in Sabha which have claimed the lives of more than 60 people in recent weeks, are further reminders of the chaos engulfing Libya and the need for the main Libyan actors to move quickly to reach a political settlement that would restore state authority and ensure security and stability to their country.”
The UN Security Council has praised the factions that have initialled the Libyan political agreement last week, in Skhirat. In a statement from the UN Security Council said “The members of the Security Council recognized the political will and courage demonstrated by those who initialled this draft agreement, which seeks to resolve Libya’s institutional and security crises,” The council added “The members of the Security Council called on all parties to engage with the Libyan political dialogue and unite in support of this agreement which will move the political transition process forward, through the formation of a Government of National Accord.”
The conflict in Libya has resulted in a growing rate of displacement within the country, according to the UN refugee agency, it is estimate the 434,000 Libyans have become displaced, this figure is double the number of people who were displaced last year. This clearly indicates the crisis in Libya is getting worse, is there an immanent end to this pandemonium.