UN Chief Calls for Avoiding Violence in Libya

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Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, António Guterres, said that Guterres urged all parties in Libya to desist from acts of violence and other actions that can jeopardise the stability of the nation.

“The UN Secretary-General is following with concern the demonstrations that were held in several cities in Libya, including Tripoli, Tobruk and Benghazi, on July 1st,” the Spokesperson said.

“Recognising the right to demonstrate peacefully, he calls on all protestors to avoid acts of violence and on the security forces to exercise utmost restraint,” Dujarric noted.

“The UN Secretary-General calls on all actors to refrain from any actions that could undermine stability. The Secretary-General urges Libyan actors to come together to overcome the continued political deadlock, which is deepening divisions and negatively impacting the country’s economy,” he added.

The General Command of the Libyan National Army (LNA) stated that it is following the protests, which express legitimate demands, in light of the exacerbation of the Libyan crisis, the closing of the horizon and the low standard of services and living for the citizen.

In a statement, the LNA General Command urged the Libyan people not to prejudice public and private facilities. It stressed that the armed forces would not fail the people, and would not leave them vulnerable to blackmail and tampering.

The army confirmed its promise to protect the Libyan people when they chose their map of salvation and transit towards a future of stability, peace and prosperity.

The General Command called on the Libyan people, to organise their legitimate demonstration, for an organised peaceful civil movement, to lay out a roadmap for the future and to move towards building a civil state with their free will.

The statement affirmed that the General Command will take the necessary measures to preserve the independence of the Libyan decision if any party tries to unilaterally determine the future of Libyans.

The General Command explained its full support for the popular will and its support for the citizens’ demands. It added that this comes out of its role in protecting the country’s national security.