Europe Calls for Humanitarian Truce in Libya
In a joint statement, the three ministers said that they united their voices to those of UN Secretary-General (Antonio) Guterres and his Acting Special Representative for Libya, Stephanie Turco Williams, in their call for a humanitarian truce in Libya.
“We call on all the Libyan actors to get inspired by the spirit of the Holy Ramadan, engage in resuming talks for a genuine ceasefire,” said the statement, signed by the EU’s Josep Borrell, France’s Jean-Yves Le Drian, Italy’s Luigi di Maio and Heiko Maas of Germany.
Libya’s conflict escalated sharply this month, with fierce fighting on several different fronts in the west of the country despite urgent calls from the UN and aid agencies for a truce to tackle the coronavirus crisis.
Guterres has renewed his pleas for a ceasefire as the Islamic holy month of Ramadan began on Friday.
Williams raised the alarm at a press conference on Thursday about the “horrible, intense shelling” of Tripoli’s densely populated neighborhoods.
It is noteworthy that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) revealed on Saturday that the number of Syrian fighters in Libya has reached approximately 10,000, about 223 of them were killed during clashes with the Libyan National Army (LNA).
The Syrian Observatory revealed on Friday, April 24, that Ankara has invested heavily in the conflict in Libya, with weapons, fighters, and drones being sent to forces aligned to the GNA.
This comes despite Turkey’s agreement of the Berlin Conference held in January, where foreign powers involved in the conflict agreed to uphold the UN arms embargo on Libya.