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EU calls for ‘immediate ceasefire’ in Tripoli

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

BRUSSELS – The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, on Tuesday called for an immediate ceasefire in Tripoli.

“The only scenario where the whole country, where all Libyans, in an inclusive and unified manner moves forward, is a negotiated political solution,” Mogherini said at the plenary session of the European Parliament on the situation in Libya, according to a statement.

Mogherini said that she has been in contact with the United Nations special envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salamé, and working along “three main lines”.

“First, to affirm the need to open humanitarian corridors as a matter of urgency, and fully respect humanitarian international law.

“Second, to establish an immediate ceasefire that I am sure the UN are ready to negotiate.

“Third, to go back to the political track, with the holding of the National Conference as soon as possible to give Libyans, the Libyan people […] the chance to outline the common way forward,” the EU foreign policy chief added.

She said refugees and migrants trapped in detention centers “are also at risk”.

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