"Alarming" developments in Libya that could amount to war crimes

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At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Algeria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plants a tree of peace alongside Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra. 6 March, 2016. Photo: UNIC/Algiers

Developments in Libya which the UN Secretary-General has described as "alarming" could amount to war crimes.

Ban Ki-moon was speaking to the media in Algiers, the capital of Algeria, following a meeting with the country's Foreign Minister.

Daniel Dickinson has more details

Libya continues to suffer from instability as two rival governments compete for control of the North African state.

Meanwhile the terrorist group ISIL, also known as Daesh, has gained a foothold in some areas.

Algeria has been hosting UN-led talks which it's hoped will bring peace to Libya.

Ban Ki-moon welcomed the contribution of Algeria.

"As a matter of principle there is no military solution which will bring an ultimate solution to the crisis. Whatever the crisis may be. Sometimes military mean may be necessary in addressing very serious crimes like terrorist attacks. But, what is important is peaceful solutions through inclusive dialogue. This is what the Algerian government has been providing very generously, with strong political commitment and engagement in the case of Libyan situation."

Mr Ban was visiting Algeria for the second time as UN Secretary-General.

He was there in 2007 following a terrorist attacks on the UN headquarters in Algiers, in which 17 UN personnel as well as many Algerian citizens died.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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