UN draft resolution calls for immediate ceasefire in Libya

The United Nations Security Council meets to discuss imposing new sanctions on North Korea, in New York, U.S., December 22, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — A draft UN Security Council resolution called for an immediate ceasefire in Libya after pro-Syrian forces loyal to Khalifa Khalaf Hafter, a powerful man in the eastern Libyan region, launched an attack on Tripoli, Which was obtained by AFP on Tuesday a copy of it.

The draft resolution said the attack by the Libyan National Army led by Hafer “threatens stability in Libya, prospects for political dialogue sponsored by the United Nations and a comprehensive political solution to the crisis.”

The draft resolution states that the Security Council “calls upon all Libyan parties to cease immediately escalation, to abide by the ceasefire and to cooperate with the United Nations in order to ensure a complete and comprehensive cessation of hostilities in Libya.”

At least 174 people have been killed and 758 injured since Hafar forces launched their offensive on April 4 to take control of Tripoli, according to a new toll announced Tuesday by the World Health Organization.

Diplomats said the Security Council would hold a first discussion session on Tuesday of the project, which was distributed by Britain on Monday night.

It was not clear when the council would vote on the project, but diplomats called for a quick move to spare the Libyan capital from a full-scale war.

The decisions adopted by the Council are legally binding.

The draft resolution calls for a ceasefire called by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who visited Libya to push for greater chances for a political solution.

Haftar, whose allies Egypt and the United Arab Emirates consider a bastion against Islamists, declared his intention to take control of Tripoli, which is currently under the control of the internationally recognized Accord government, headed by Fayez Sarraj.

And supports the Haftar parallel government in the eastern Libyan does not recognize the legitimacy of the Government of Tripoli.

The attack on the Libyan capital prompted the United Nations to defer a national conference aimed at setting up a roadmap for elections that would bring chaos to Libya since the overthrow of former leader Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011.

The draft calls on all parties in Libya to “immediately renew their commitment” to the United Nations-sponsored dialogue and calls on member states to “use their influence with the Libyan parties” to comply with the resolution.

Diplomats have long feared that foreign forces’ support for Libya’s warring factions would turn the conflict into a proxy war.

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