Attack on Tunisian consulate in Libya condemned by UN

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Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Bernardino Léon. UN
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An attack on the Tunisian consulate in the Libyan capital of Tripoli which resulted in the capture of ten consulate staff members has been condemned by the United Nations.

The storming of the diplomatic mission, which occurred on 12 June, was, according to media reports, conducted by an unidentified armed group.

Daniel Dickinson has more details.

On Sunday evening it was still not clear who had carried out the attack on the Tunisian consulate, but the staff continued to be held.

The Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Bernardino Leon, called for "the immediate and unconditional release" of the abducted staff.

He said the attack was a "further reminder of the chaos engulfing Libya" and reiterated the importance of reaching a political agreement that "would restore security and stability" to the country.

The UN has been supporting peace negotiations.

The North African country has been mired in factional fighting since Muammar al-Qhadafi was overthrown four years ago.

Attacks on foreign diplomatic missions in Libya have been numerous in recent months.

In April, the Spanish embassy in Tripoli was bombed. There have also been assaults on the embassies of the Republic of Korea and Morocco.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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