NEW YORK, 9th April, 2019 (WAM) -- The UN Chief Antonio Guterres strongly condemned on Monday night the military escalation and ongoing fighting in and around the Libyan capital, Tripoli, including an aerial attack earlier in the day on Mitiga International Airport.
"The Secretary-General urges the immediate halt of all military operations in order to de-escalate the situation and prevent an all-out conflict," said the statement released by his spokesperson.
"He emphasises that there is no military solution to the Libya conflict and calls on all parties to engage in immediate dialogue to reach a political solution. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Libya stands ready to facilitate that dialogue."
More than 3,400 people have fled fighting near the Libyan capital Tripoli in recent days, the UN warned, calling on all warring parties to halt military activities so that emergency services can rescue trapped civilians.
The Secretary-General called on all parties to abide by the International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights to ensure the safety of all civilians, noting that all Libyans deserve peace, security, prosperity and human rights respect.