Proposed UN resolution demands an immediate ceasefire in Libya

Members of Libyan National Army (LNA), commanded by Khalifa Haftar, get ready before heading out of Benghazi to reinforce the troops advancing to Tripoli. (Reuters)

A proposed UN resolution demands that all parties in Libya immediately de-escalate the fighting and commit to a ceasefire.

The British-drafted resolution, circulated to Security Council members and obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, also calls on all parties to immediately re-commit to attending a UN-facilitated political dialogue “and work toward a comprehensive political solution to the crisis in Libya.”

The draft resolution expresses “grave concern” at military activity near Tripoli, which began after Libyan National Army headed by Field Marshal Khalifa Hafter - aligned with a rival government in the east - launched its offensive on April 3. The internationally supported UN-backed government is based in Tripoli.

It says the offensive “threatens the stability of Libya” and prospects for the national dialogue and a political solution in Libya, and has had a “serious humanitarian impact.”

The Security Council is divided over Hafter’s offensive.

Several countries view Hafter as the best hope of stabilizing the troubled country and combatting extremists.

A proposed press statement soon after the offensive began that urged the Libyan National Army to halt the offensive was blocked by Russia, one of the permanent council members. Such statements require approval by all 15 council members.

The proposal stresses the need for the parties to engage with UN envoy Ghassan Salame “with the aim of achieving a Libyan-led and Libyan-owned political solution to bring security, political and economic sustainability, and national unity to Libya.”

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