Egypt, France, Italy, U.A.E., and the U.S. called Tuesday for an immediate de-escalation and end of fighting in Libya and the resumption of the political process as there is “no military solution.”
In a joint statement issued by the U.S. Department of State, the six countries expressed their deep concern over the continous hostilities in Tripoli, which have killed 1100 people and forced 100,000 others to flee their homes.
The countries added that they are also concerned about the terrorist groups’ attempts to exploit the lack of security, renewing their commitment to hold accountable those who have escalated instability in Libya.
“We call on all parties to the Tripoli conflict to dissociate themselves from all such terrorists and individuals designated by the UN Sanctions Committee, and renew our commitment to see those responsible for further instability held accountable,” the statement read.
They reiterated their full support to the efforts of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Ghassan Salama, to settle down the situation in Libya, encourage a comprehensive dialogue and resume the political process of the U.N.
The joint statement stressed the importance of the U.N.’s mediation, which aims to support the transitional government representing all Libyans, prepare for credible parliamentary and presidential elections, facilitate fair distribution of resources and reunify the Central Bank of Libya and other sovereign Libyan institutions.
The statement urged all U.N. member states to contribute to peace and stability in Libya, prevent the dispatch of destabilizing arms shipments and to protect Libya’s oil resources.
This comes a few days after the Libyan National Army (LNA) announced that the eastern army is waiting for orders from the General Command to carry out another attack on armed groups and terrorists in Tripoli as part of the operation that was launched April 4 and to capture the capital from the U.N.-recognised Government of the National Accord (GNA).