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UN Chief Urges All Sides to Stop Sending Mercenaries to Libya


Sat 29 Aug 2020 | 03:15 PM
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On Saturday, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all sides in Libya to refrain from arming the parties to the conflict and sending mercenaries to the Libyan territories.

Guterres added in an interview with the Al-Arabiya channel, "It is time for all the actors in Libya to acknowledge a Libyan peace process must be pushed and to refrain from arming the various parties and bringing in mercenaries, which further involves an already complex situation."

Guterres added that countries in conflict must pay attention to the Coronavirus pandemic and focus their efforts in this area.

Libya has been mired in chaos since a 2011 NATO-backed uprising that killed longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Turkey is implementing a military deployment to Libya to shore up the UN-backed government while Haftar is backed by Egypt, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Libyan protesters, frustrated with poor living conditions, are continuing their protests rejecting corruption and the lack of public services in Tripoli, amid heavy security presence.

On Thursday, Amnesty International said at least six protesters were abducted when armed men allied with the Government of National Accord (GNA) fired live ammunition to disperse a demonstration in the capital.

The GNA said an investigation had been opened after the militias, which it did not identify, abducted some of the protesters.