UN envoy hopes Berlin meet ends Libyan conflict

UN envoy hopes Berlin meet ends Libyan conflict

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Tripoli, Jan 16: The UN Special Envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame on Wednesday expressed hope that the upcoming Berlin conference on Libya would end the ongoing armed conflict in and around the capital Tripoli and allow internally displaced civilians to safely return to their homes.

Salame made his remarks during a visit to a local school in Tripoli that is used as a temporary shelter for civilians displaced by the ongoing fighting.

"Stressing the readiness of the UN humanitarian agencies to intensify efforts to provide necessary support to IDPs, Salame hoped that the Berlin conference will lead to a lasting ceasefire, allowing a safe return of all IDPs to their homes," the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said.

The eastern-based army of Libya has been leading a military campaign since April in 2019 around and in Tripoli, trying to take over the capital and topple the rival UN-backed government.

The fighting has killed and injured thousands of people, and forced more than 120,000 civilians to flee their homes.

During a meeting with the UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj in Tripoli on Wednesday, Salame and Stephanie Williams, deputy special representative of UN Secretary General for political affairs, discussed the latest developments, including the cease-fire and ongoing preparations for the upcoming Berlin conference. (UNI)