UN envoy urges Security Council to act swiftly to end Libya’s conflict before chaos spreads irrevocably

Security Council meeting. The situation in Libya.
SRSG Ghassan Salame speaking. [Photo: UNSMIL]
The UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame said he had launched “an intensive campaign” for an international conference to deliver a message that the conflict must end.

The move Wednesday comes five months after a rebel commander launched an offensive to take the country’s capital Tripoli.

Ghassan Salame warned the Security Council in a briefing on Wednesday that unless key regional and international countries recognize that only a political solution can ensure Libya’s stability, “the conflict will continue.”

Without an immediate end to the conflict, he said, “we are faced with two highly unpalatable scenarios” — a protracted low intensity conflict with more destruction “and a growing transnational terrorist threat” or “a doubling down of military support to one side or the other by their external patrons” that will sharply escalate fighting and “assuredly plunge the entire region into chaos.

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