UN warns of ‘long and bloody war’ in Libya amid Tripoli Offensive by Haftar
United Nations special envoy for Libya has warned that the battle for Tripoli is “just the start of a long and bloody war,” as militants loyal to Saudi/UAE-backed renegade general Khalifa Haftar continue an offensive to seize the Libyan capital.
“I am no Cassandra, but the violence on the outskirts of Tripoli is just the start of a long and bloody war on the southern shores of the Mediterranean, imperiling the security of Libya’s immediate neighbors and the wider Mediterranean region,” Ghassan Salame said while addressing the UN Security Council on Tuesday.
“Libya will descend into civil war, which could potentially lead to a Hobbesian all-against-all state of chaos or partition of the country,” he added.
Salame, who is also the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), went on to say that many countries were supplying weapons to the internationally-recognized government in Tripoli as well as the militants loyal to Haftar. He called for immediate steps to cut off arms flows fueling the fighting.
The envoy urged the council to set up a commission of inquiry to “determine who has taken up arms” and prevent indicted war crime suspects from taking part in military operations.
The latest figures by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows, more than 75,000 people have been driven from their homes in the latest fighting and 510 have been killed.
Libya has been the scene of violence since 2011, when longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi was toppled from power after an uprising and a NATO military intervention. His ouster created a power vacuum, leading to chaos and the emergence of numerous militant outfits, including the Daesh terrorist group.
Its unbecoming for Africa Union for since the war errupted the organization have never given solid stand or direction on way forward. If anything Countries outside our hemisphere continue to meddle in Libya Affairs.
It time for the African Union to step up, show leadershi and take decisive diplomatic action to bring the two protagonist to the negotiating table for the sake of Libya Population.