Meeting of Libya's parliament welcomed by UN

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A busy day on Mizran Street in central Tripoli, the Libyan capital. Photo: UNSMIL/Abbas Toumi

The convening of Libya's newly elected parliament has been welcomed by the UN Mission in the country (UNSMIL).

In a statement issued on Monday, UNSMIL says the Council of Representatives, as the parliament is known, is meeting amid difficult circumstances.

On Monday the parliament held its first official session in the eastern port city of Tobruk since the parliamentary elections in June.

UNSMIL described the meeting as a step that reflects the will of the Libyan people to see that the democratic process and its outcomes are respected.

It followed an emergency meeting held on Saturday to discuss the violence by armed factions in Tripoli and Benghazi in recent weeks.

UNSMIL has condemned what it called "the bloody battles in Tripoli and Benghazi and their devastating effects on the lives of the civilian population and on the environment".

It renewed its call on all sides to implement an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire and to reject all attempts to resolve political differences through violence.

Libya has been struggling to restore stability since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in an armed uprising three years ago.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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