The UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame has briefed the Security Council on the latest developments in Libya, warning that without action by the Security Council member states, the country’s war could escalate if outside patrons step up support for the warring sides.
“Many Libyans feel abandoned by part of the international community and exploited by others,” Ghassan Salame said by video link with the council.
He added on Wednesday that without the unequivocal support of this council and the broader international community for an immediate end to the Libyan conflict, he believes that Libya and the international community will be faced with two highly unpalatable scenarios.
"One is persistent and protracted low intensity conflict. The other is increased support for either warring side by their outside patrons." Salame remarked.
Salame indicated that such scenarios would lead to a sharp escalation that will assuredly plunge the entire region into chaos.
“The idea that war should be given a chance and that a military solution is at all possible is quite simply a chimera." He said.
Major powers such as the US, Russia, France and Britain avoided giving speeches Wednesday, saving their turns for a closed door session to be held after the public one.
During discussions on the conflict, several countries, such as Kuwait, South Africa, Indonesia and Germany, complained about what they called interference in that country’s affairs and repeated violations in the past five months of an arms embargo imposed on Libya in 2011.