US renews its call for ceasefire in Libya to prevent COVID-19 spread

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The United States has called on Libya’s warring parties once again to “urgently set aside the issues that divide them” and “focus their full energies on promoting the health of all Libyans” in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement released on Friday, the US embassy in Libya said “it is particularly crucial that relevant economic institutions and capable technocrats come together quickly, in a spirit of national cohesion, and adopt all appropriate financial measures for a nationwide response to this looming health crisis.”

“This health emergency transcends politics and personalities. All those responsible for addressing the pandemic — whether caring for the sick, ensuring financial resources are in place, or implementing policies to slow the disease’s spread — must be allowed to do their jobs.”

Libya has recorded ten cases of COVID-19 so far.

The United Nations and international powers voiced concerns that the ongoing conflict in Tripoli between forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA) would exacerbate the threat of the pandemic in the country.