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UN Security Council Calls On Eastern Libya Forces to Halt Offensive On Tripoli

The UN Security Council has called for a halt to military movements in Tripoli following an offensive by eastern forces on the capital.

The UN Security Council on Friday called on forces under the command of Khalifa Haftar to halt an offensive against Tripoli amid concern a battle for Libya's capital could unleash greater instability.

Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) on Thursday launched an assault on Tripoli, held by the UN-backed government and multiple armed militias.

The offensive by the LNA, which is aligned with a parallel administration in the east of the country, threatens to escalate a civil war that has split the country following the ouster of Muammar Gadhafi in 2011.

The council "called on LNA forces to halt all military movements," German UN Ambassador Christoph Heusgen, president of the council for April, told reporters following a closed door session of the body.

"They also called on all forces to de-escalate and halt military activity. There can be no military solution to the conflict," he said.

[Source: AllAfrica, DW, Cape Town, 05Apr19]

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