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EU calls for ceasefire, return to dialogue among all parties involved in Libyan crisis

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The European Union Foreign Affairs Council called on Monday for a ceasefire in Libya, saying that the conflict around Tripoli was a threat to international peace and security.

“The LNA military attack on Tripoli and the subsequent escalation in and around the capital constitutes a threat to international peace and security and further threatens the stability of Libya. … The EU calls on all parties to immediately implement a ceasefire and to engage with the United Nations to ensure a full and comprehensive cessation of hostilities,” the council said in a statement.

The council also said that the military action in Libya increased the risk of terrorist activities arising across the country.

The EU Council also urged all parties involved in the conflict to re-commit to the UN-facilitated political dialogue and to work towards a solution of the Libyan crisis in order to pave the way to hold national elections.

On Monday, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini met with Fayez al-Sarraj, head of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord to discuss the humanitarian implications of the clashes in Libya. During the meeting, Mogherini emphasized the need to protect civilian lives in the conflict.

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