Comments and statements by Foreign Ministry Spokesman

21 January 201913:30

Comment by the Information and Press Department on developments in Libya

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Moscow continues to closely follow developments in Libya. It is with regret that we report that recently, the situation in that country has again seriously deteriorated.

We are particularly concerned over the resumption of armed clashes in the south of Tripoli and adjacent areas by various armed factions in violation of the truce reached last September with the assistance of the UN Support Mission in Libya. The human toll being reported includes civilians.

Obviously, this outbreak of violence is complicating the continuation of the internal political settlement process in Libya, which is at the important stage of preparations for a national conference in line with the plan of action laid out by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya Ghassan Salame.

In this context we strongly urge all Libyan parties to the conflict to renounce attempts to resolve disputes by force, come to the negotiating table and conclude a long-term truce that will make it possible to restore tranquility in the capital and its environs. We are convinced that all problems can and should be resolved only through constructive dialogue.

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