League of Arab States Calls for Permanent Ceasefire and Dismantling of All Armed Militias in Libya – Al Marsad

Ahmed Aboul Gheit, the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States (LAS), expressed his dismay at the political and military escalation in Libya, reaffirming LAS’s principled stance on rejecting any military option and opting for political dialogue as the only way to settle the Libyan crisis.

[Libya, 30 April 2020] – An official source at the LAS General Secretariat said, according to the LAS official website, that Aboul Gheit expressed his condemnation of the continuation of military operations in various parts of Libya, especially around the capital Tripoli and the western regions of the country. He reiterated his appeal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Army to avoid bloodshed and adopt a humanitarian truce, especially during the blessed month of Ramadan.

The source added that the Secretary-General stressed that the Libyan leaders must be aware that there is no way out of the ongoing conflict in Libya except through the political path sponsored by the United Nations and supported by the international community. This would include a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire, dismantling the armed militias that threaten the security and stability of Libya, unifying the national efforts to combat terrorism, and reaching a consensus that would allow the legislative and presidential elections aspired for by the Libyan people.

Aboul Gheit also reaffirmed his condemnation of the increasing and flagrant foreign interference in the Libyan crisis, pointing out that the LAS position is clear in this regard as reflected in the various resolutions adopted by its Council in rejection of all forms of foreign military interventions that fuel the conflict in Libya and represent a flagrant violation of relevant Security Council resolutions.

In this context, the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States welcomed any international efforts that would contribute to tightening the arms embargo imposed on Libya in the implementation of the Security Council resolutions and support of the outputs of the Berlin Summit.

© Al Marsad English (2020)