Grassroots movement "to stop the bloodshed" in Libya

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Many Libyan citizens have decided to join what they are calling "a grass roots initiative of the silent majority", who want to see what they call "a Libya for all Libyans".

The message was announced at UN Headquarters in New York by Hassan Sassi, a Libyan civil engineer living in the US who said the movement reflects their aspiration to stop the bloodshed in his country.

A crisis is currently unfolding in Libya where tension has been escalating between political parties, with military clashes threatening the country's peace and stability.

Representing what was described as "a group of concerned Libyan intellectuals, activists, lawyers, civil society and business leaders", Mr Sassi said the situation in Libya is polarizing its citizens.

“The recent tragic events galvanize the emotions of many Libyans who refuse to be defined in support of one faction against another and see a greater need for all to rise to the call of rescuing a nation and its people from the brink of calamity.” (19″)

Meanwhile, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said it is encouraged by the positive response to a UN-convened Libyan political dialogue.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya is expected to brief the Security Council early next week about those talks.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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