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U.N. to hold Libya conference as planned despite surge in fighting: envoy

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The United Nations is determined to hold Libya’s national conference on possible elections on time despite a surge of fighting in the country’s eight-year conflict, a senior U.N. envoy said on Saturday.

The Libyan National Army (LNA) said on Friday it had advanced into Tripoli’s southern outskirts and taken its the entire Tripoli International Airport.

The United Nations aims to stage a conference in the southwestern town of Ghadames on April 14-16 to weigh elections as a way out of the country’s factional anarchy, which has seen Islamist militants establish a toehold in some areas.

Salame, then U.N. special envoy to Libya, said he was striving to prevent the new crisis from getting out of control. “We have worked for one year for this national conference, we won’t give up this political work quickly,” he said.

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