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UN Secretary-General denounces ‘unprecedented’ foreign interference in Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

GENEVA – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday that foreign interference in the Libya conflict has reached “unprecedented levels,” with sophisticated equipment and mercenaries involved in the fighting.

Guterres’ remarks came during a ministers-level UN Security Council video conference earlier today.

“The conflict has entered a new phase with foreign interference reaching unprecedented levels, including in the delivery of sophisticated equipment and the number of mercenaries involved in the fighting,” he said.

He also expressed concern over threats of attack against Sirte made by armed groups allied withe the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), who enjoy military and financial support from Turkey in violation of the UN arms embargo.

“We are very concerned about the alarming military build-up around the city, and the high-level of direct foreign interference in the conflict in violation of the U.N. arms embargo, U.N. Security Council resolutions, and commitments made by Member States in Berlin,” Guterres said.

Guterres said that between April and June this year the U.N. mission has documented at least 102 civilians deaths and 254 civilians injuries – a 172 per cent increase compared to the first quarter of 2020. He said there had also been at least 21 attacks on medical facilities, ambulances and medical personnel.

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