AU appeals for immediate end to violence in Libya

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Addis Ababa, 1 August 2014 (WIC) - The African Union has made an urgent appeal for an immediate end to violence in Libya.

A press release issued on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 said the Chairperson of the African Union is following the evolution of the situation in Libya, particularly in Benghazi and Tripoli, with dismay and concern.

The chairperson, Dr. Nkosaazana Dlamini-Zuma, strongly condemned the acts of violence which have claimed many lives and led to the senseless and massive destruction of property and infrastructure.

If it is not quickly contained and resolved, the violence has the potential of irreparably undermining the cohesion of the Libyan society and the very existence of the Libya state, with far reaching consequence for regional security and stability, Dr. Zuma stressed.

The chairperson reiterated AU’s urgent appeal to the Libyan stakeholders to put an immediate end to the current spiral of violence and to work towards the fulfilment of the aspirations of the Libyan people to democracy, the rule of law and socio-economic wellbeing.

She reiterated AU’s full support to the efforts of the interim-Government of Libya and to all other goodwill initiatives aimed at achieving a lasting cessation of the hostilities between the warring parties.

According to ENA, the chairperson, who commended the countries of the region for their continued commitment and determination to help Libya in overcoming the serious challenges facing it, further urged Africa’s international partners, including the United Nations, to fully support the efforts of the region that shoulders the burden of the crisis in Libya and whose deep knowledge of the situation puts it in a position to effectively assist in the emergence of the consensual solution.