Guterres Calls for Cooperation Over Libya

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On Tuesday the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres stressed that the international community “must all work together for an effective ceasefire agreement, and the resumption of intra-Libyan political talks.”

During his speech at the UN General Assembly, Guterres added that the fighting in Libya has subsided. However, he stressed the massive build-up of mercenaries and weapons, which show there remains a high risk of renewed confrontation. He urged the resumption of political talks between the Government of National Accord (GNA), and the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

Guterres called for an end to all violent conflicts, including in Libya. He said that the world instead needs to focus on stopping the spread of COVID-19. He pointed out to some partial successes, including ceasefires declared in Cameroon, Colombia, and he pressed for a universal ceasefire by the end of the year. “I appeal for a stepped-up international effort – led by the Security Council – to achieve a global ceasefire by the end of this year,” Guterres said.