Proposed UN resolution demands de-escalation

17 April, 2019, 22:18 | Author: Myra Gill
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"We have observed increased indiscriminate shelling in residential areas (in Tripoli), and attacks on civilian infrastructure, and again are reminding the parties of their obligations to follow International Humanitarian Law", said Dujarric.

On Tuesday, the World Health Organization said a total of 174 people were killed and 756 others wounded in fighting between the UN-backed government and the eastern army in and around Tripoli.

Al Jazeera's Mahmoud Abdelwahed, reporting from Tripoli, said it was not the first time Haftar's forces targeted civilian areas.

The draft resolution, seen by Reuters, expresses "grave concern at military activity in Libya near Tripoli, which began following the launching of a military offensive by the LNA. and threatens the stability of Libya".

The LNA blamed the rocket fire on the "terrorist militias" whose grip on the capital it says it is fighting to end.

Haftar's forces predicted victory within days, but Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj's internationally-recognized government has managed to bog them down in southern suburbs with help from armed groups from various western Libyan factions.

Almost two weeks into its assault, the veteran general's eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) is stuck in the city's southern outskirts battling armed groups loyal to the internationally recognized Tripoli government.

Sheikh Mohamed, during a visit to Rome, said the worldwide community could end the fighting by enforcing the embargo against Haftar and preventing those countries that had supplied him with modern weapons and munitions from continuing to do so.

Britain was hoping to bring the ceasefire resolution to a vote at the Security Council before Friday, but diplomats pointed to Russia's objections as a hurdle. "I urge all parties to the conflict not to commit any crimes within the Court's jurisdiction, and in particular, for commanders to ensure that their subordinates do not do so".

The government in Tripoli is weak and has large parts of the country under control.

A proposed United Nations resolution demands that all parties in Libya immediately de-escalate the fighting and commit to a ceasefire.

Resolutions adopted by the council are legally binding.

Russian Federation and France, two veto-wielding permanent members of the Security Council, have praised Haftar's battlefield successes in defeating militias aligned with the Islamic State group in the south of the country.

Haftar's offensive on the capital forced the United Nations to postpone a national conference that was to draw up a roadmap to elections, meant to turn the page on years of chaos since the 2011 ouster of Moamer Kadhafi.

Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for Guterres, said Tuesday that the secretary-general's special representative in Libya, Ghassan Salame, reiterated his call for a humanitarian truce.



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