Violence perseveres in Libya despite political dialogue

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Parliamentarians release peace doves after the Libyan dialogue session in Ghadames on 29 September 2014. Photo:UNSMIL

Bloodshed and destruction continue in Libya despite a call for a ceasefire by Libyan parliamentarians, according to the UN Mission in the country, UNSMIL.

On Friday, UNSMIL condemned the latest escalation of violence in Benghazi and other parts of Libya.

The North African country has suffered instability since the overthrow three years ago of former President Muammar al-Qadhafi.

Stephane Dujarric is Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General.

“The mission calls on all sides involved in the fighting to listen to calls made by the elected Libyan parliamentarians to bring an immediate stop to the violence. The UN Mission urges all sides to exercise restraint and work together to address their differences through peaceful means.”

At the beginning of the week, a UN-facilitated dialogue took place in the town of Ghadames, bringing together members of the Libyan House of Representatives.

They discussed ways of resolving the current political stalemate in the country.

UNSMIL noted they agreed to meet for a second round of talks next week.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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