Conflict in Libya cannot be resolved militarily: Mogherini

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini, the European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, Jyrki Tapani Katainen and European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Elżbieta Bieńkowskagive give a press briefing at the end of the read-out of College meeting about the European Defence Action Plan in Brussels on Nov. 30 2016.

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The conflict in Libya can not be resolved by military means, the continuation of the war leads to even greater suffering, said Federica Mogherini, head of EU diplomacy, on Tuesday.

“Conflict cannot be resolved by military means. If the war continues, it will only lead to more suffering. If anyone seeks a military victory, everyone will lose,” she said, speaking in the European Parliament.

Calling on all parties to immediately cease fire, open humanitarian corridors and hold a national reconciliation conference, Mogherini said that the only way to bring Libya out of the crisis is a peaceful settlement of the conflict through negotiations, which the EU, together with the UN, is ready to provide the necessary support.

Marshal of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar, on April 4 ordered his forces to launch an offensive on Tripoli to “liberate themselves from terrorists.” The units of the army of Haftar established control over the cities of Garyan and Surman to the south of the Libyan capital.

After the overthrow and murder of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, a political crisis began in Libya. Now dual power reigns in the country. The parliament elected by the people sits in the east, and in the west, in the capital Tripoli, the government of national consensus headed by Fayez Sarraj rules with the support of the UN and the EU The authorities in the eastern part of the country operate independently of Tripoli and cooperate with the Libyan National Army.

On the eve of Sarraj in an interview with Italian newspapers, he warned that as a result of the Libyan crisis, 800,000 migrants could get to Europe, among which there could be terrorists.

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