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UN Chief Expresses his Concern as Libya Heads Towards yet another Civil War

  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made his last attempt to avert renewed civil war in Libya by meeting commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Khalifa Haftar, at eastern city of Benghazi on Friday. A potent clash between pro-government fighters south of the Libyan capital Tripoli and Khalifa Haftar’s forces is likely as Haftar’s LNA has launched an offensive to seize the Libyan capital from the UN-backed unity government along with multiple militia groups. After this lightning assault, G7 countries along with the United Nations appealed for restraint. After his meeting with the chief of self-proclaimed Libyan National Army Khalifa Haftar, UN chief Guterres said in a statement that he is leaving Libya with a heavy heart and deep concern for the country and its people. While hoping for an amicable solution, he said that the “UN is committed to facilitating a political solution”.