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African Union to boost Libya peace efforts

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

ADDIS ABABA – The African Union vowed on Monday to boost efforts to end the crisis in Libya and support a faltering UN-led peace process, the AU’s Peace and Security Council chief said.

“It’s (the) UN itself which needs us now,” Smail Chergui told reporters on the sidelines of the AU summit in Ethiopia.

“It’s time to bring this situation to an end… the two organizations should work hand in hand for that goal,” he added.

The AU leadership has complained at being overlooked in peacemaking efforts, which have been led primarily by the UN and heavily involved European nations.

But Chergui said the AU could support peace if a cessation of hostilities agreement is finally signed, declaring the AU wanted to be part of an observer mission to ensure the deal was kept.

“This is an African problem, and we have a certain sense that maybe others do not have,” Chergui said.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Saturday said he understood the AU’s “frustration” at having “been put aside” when it comes to Libya.

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