South Africa calls for political solution to Libyan crisis

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

The international community has been urged by the South African Foreign Minister to "focus its energies on finding a political solution to the Libyan crisis".

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane was briefing reporters on efforts of a panel of five African countries, including South Africa, who are trying to resolve the crisis in Libya.

The conflict is continuing in the North African country between supporters of Libyan leader Muammar Qhadafi and opposition fighters.

Ms Nkoana-Mashabane said that South Africa condemns violence against civilians in Libya and the damage that is being caused to infrastructure.

"South Africa calls on the international community, including the United Nations Security Council to focus its energies on finding a solution to the Libyan crisis and not a military one. We also call on the UN to work in collaboration with the African Union on the basis of the African Union roadmap. South Africa calls for a ceasefire, a pause that will enable a political process to take root."

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