G7, European countries demand Haftar halt attack on Libya's Tripoli

G7, European countries demand Haftar halt attack on Libya's Tripoli

April 06, 2019 - 16:09
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The G7 countries and the European Union have rejected the military operation of the self-styled army of eastern Libya led by Khalifa Haftar and aimed to enter Tripoli, warning Haftar of the consequences of this operation.

Foreign Ministers of the UK, US, France, Canada, Germany, Italy and Japan as well as the EU diplomat Federica Mogherini issued a joint statement Friday expressing deep concern over military operations near Tripoli.

"We urge the parties involved in the operation to immediately cease fire and military movements toward Tripoli as they hinder the political process led by the UNSMIL and jeopardizes the lives of civilian residents." G7 added.

They said there can be no military solution to the Libyan crisis and that they are opposed to the military operations in Libya, adding that any party uses clashes as a means to gain political power is trying to create a new civil war in the country which will be harmful to the Libyan people and their hopes for democracy and peace.

"We are in support of the UN Secretary General and his envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame and their efforts to end the crisis and reach accord and unity as per Paris and Palermo meetings last year." The statement further adds, urging Libyans to rally around the political process.

Meanwhile, the UN Security council has also rejected military solutions to the Libyans crisis, expressing concerns over the current escalation and calling on Haftar's forces to avoid military attacks.