Ban Ki-moon is "alarmed" by fighting in Libya's Bani Walid city

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on a visit to Libya in November 2011.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a peaceful resolution of the stand-off in the Libyan city of Bani Walid.

According to reports, at least 20 people have been killed in the fighting between government forces and supporters of the previous government.

UN Spokesperson Martin Nesirky says the Secretary-General is alarmed by the fighting in and around Bani Walid.

"The Secretary-General reminds all parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law. He calls on all the Libyan authorities and those in Bani Walid to begin immediately a process to resolve the Bani Walid stand-off peacefully. The Secretary-General believes that the situation in Bani Walid can be resolved in a peaceful manner that preserves the rights of all Libyan citizens and permits the state to exercise its responsibilities there."

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The Secretary-General says the Libyan authorities must be able to extend sovereignty and state control and services throughout the territory of Libya.

He recalls that in their historic July elections, the Libyan people put their trust in the Libyan state.

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