Italy, UNSMIL discuss ways to rebuild int’l position to end Libyan crisis

Means to to rebuild a unified international position to resolve the Libyan crisis and return to the political process was discussed Wednesday by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and envoy of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (LNA) Ghassan Salame.

During his visit to Rome, Salame met with Italian officials, including Foreign Minister Enzo Noavero Milanesi, to tackle the Libyan crisis, which has been escalating since April 4 after General Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) pushed his forces towards Tripoli.

In his meeting with Milanesi, they highlighted ways to “encourage all stakeholders to convince the parties to the conflict to stop fighting and resume the political process.”

“The mission continues efforts to bring together the various parties in hope that they can recognize, before Ramadan, that it is better to stick to the political process than further fighting where there is no winner while the country is losing,” Salame told the press in Rome following his meetings with the Italian officials.

Since the beginning of the military operation in the western region, Italy has expressed its concern over the consequences of the civil war in Libya, which would escalate the crisis of illegal immigration to Italy.

Previously, Conte said armed groups in Libya might exploit the lack of security to cross the Mediterranean and enter Italy, noting that this risk also threatens the other European countries.

The crisis has forced 8,000 people to flee their homes, killed 205 people and wounded 913 others, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).


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