The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi said he was “closely following the developments in Libya” and reiterated his support for “the Libyan legal institutions and the UN plan of action” following a telephone call from UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salamé.
Milanesi reiterated on Tuesday his condemnation of the violence in the Libyan capital and called on all parties to reach a peaceful and negotiated solution.
The Italian foreign ministry said in a statement that Milanesi had a lengthy telephone conversation with UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salamé on Monday, during which Salamé informed him of his “assessment of the recent events and the measures he has taken to overcome tensions and the current instability.” The statement said.
“In order to continue a fruitful exchange of information and to arrange possible measures to support peace in Libya, Moavero Milanesi and the UN envoy will speak again in the coming days,” the statement added.
In a related context, the Italian Foreign Minister decided to hold a series of communications with his counterparts from the countries concerned with the Libyan crisis, also in light of preparations for the International Conference on Libya, which Italy intends to organize this fall in Rome.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres has also condemned earlier «the continuing escalation of violence in and around the Libyan capital Tripoli and, especially the use of armed groups to indiscriminate bombing, killing and wounding civilians, including children».
He also called on all parties to immediately cease hostilities and to comply with the ceasefire agreement brokered by the United Nations and the reconciliation committees.
“Special Envoy, Salamé, will continue to exert his good efforts and work with all parties to reach a lasting political agreement that is acceptable to all, to avoid further loss of lives and for the benefit of all the Libyan people,” a press statement issued by office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General said.