The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that A “rare opportunity” for peace in Libya should be seized by all those involved directly or indirectly in the conflict. “Libya’s future is at stake and I call on all Libyans to continue to work towards a lasting ceasefire,” the UN Secretary-General said, at the summit being held on the sidelines of the 75th UN General Assembly, co-hosted with Germany.
“I implore all of you to encourage and support the Libyan peace efforts facilitated by the United Nations – not only in words but in actions,” he continued, urging the “full and unconditional implementation” of a Security Council arms embargo on Libya.
Violations by countries that continue to deliver arms and other military support to the combatants “are a scandal and call into question the basic commitment to peace of all involved”, Guterres said.
The internationally-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) and Haftar’s self-described Libyan National Army (LNA) militias are the two major warring factions. Based in the capital city of Tripoli, the GNA is led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj and controls parts of the country’s west. he Benghazi-based Libya National Army (LNA), a force of some twenty-five thousand fighters, is led by Khalifa Haftar, a former general. The two warring factions also have a comprehensive social media presence through which they portray themselves as the legitimate representatives of the Libyan people.