United Nation, Apr 5 : Secretary-General António Guterres, who in support of the internationally-recognized Government’s efforts to bring rival leaders across the country together is on a visit to Libya, has expressed concern over military movement in the country.
The UN chief tweeted that he was “deeply concerned by the military movement taking place in Libya and the risk of confrontation” adding that: "There is no military solution. Only intra-Libyan dialogue can solve Libyan problems.”
According to news reports, Commander Khalifa Haftar, who leads a rival administration through the Libyan National Army in eastern Libya, which in recent weeks has been advancing to take control of territory in the south, has instructed his forces to move west, in pursuit of what he has reportedly described as terrorist elements.
Last month, Mr Guterres expressed hope that a solution to Libya’s instability, civil conflict, and economic turmoil since the fall of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, could be found, following an historic meeting between Prime Minister Faiez Serraj, and Commander Haftar, at the end of February. The two leaders agreed to national, democratic elections, and “ways to maintain stability in the country, and unify its institutions”, according to statement from the UN Mission UNSMIL.
Ahead of meeting leading Government figures in Tripoli, the UN called for “calm and restraint”.