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EU: LNA attack on Tripoli threat to int’l peace

BRUSSELS, The European Union Monday condemned the attack by the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by General Khalif Haftar on Tripoli and called for an immediate end to hostilities.

"The LNA military attack on Tripoli and the subsequent escalation in and around the capital constitutes a threat to international peace and security and further threatens the stability of Libya," said the EU Foreign Affairs Council in a statement after discussing the situation in Libya.

The EU called on all parties to immediately implement a ceasefire and to engage with the United Nations to ensure a full and comprehensive cessation of hostilities.

It also called on them to dissociate themselves both publicly and on the ground from terrorist and criminal elements involved in the fighting.

The Council noted that "indiscriminate attacks on densely populated residential areas may amount to war crimes. Those breaching International Humanitarian Law must be held to account." The EU recalled that there is no military solution to the crisis in Libya and urges all parties to re-commit to the United Nations-facilitated political dialogue and work towards a comprehensive political solution to the crisis in Libya as agreed in Paris in May 2018, in Palermo in November 2018, and in Abu Dhabi in February 2019 in order to pave the way for holding the national elections.

The EU reaffirmed its full support for the work of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and the United Nations Support Mission in Libya.

In a separate statement on Sahel, the Council reiterated that the Sahel is a strategic priority for the EU and its member states.

The EU foreign ministers had a discussion to set out the political framework, preparing for the exchanges of views between EU foreign and defence ministers tomorrow in Brussels together with the foreign and defence ministers of the G5 Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger), which is expected to focus on security aspects.

Source: Kuwait News Agency