Russia affirms support for UNSMIL, calls for government-unifying election

Head of the Russian Contact Group for intra-Libyan settlement, Lev Dengov, has renewed his country’s support for the efforts of UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame.

He said in Saturday statements that his country is concerned about the ongoing hostilities in Tripoli and considers the situation “unacceptable,” emphasizing Moscow’s hope that Libya achieves full stability through a political settlement and the formation of a unified government after elections.

The Russian position comes at a time when the UN Security Council is preparing to hold a special meeting regarding the Libyan conflict on May 21.

The fighting continues between the two rival forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA) in the capital, as the LNA lead by Commander Khalifa Haftar announced an offensive against Tripoli, the seat of the GNA, on April 4, with the aim of “liberating the city from militants.”

Earlier this week, the World Health Organization said the battle of Tripoli saw more than 430 people killed and up to 2,110 others wounded, while displacing over 55,000.


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