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Italy backs UN-facilitated peace process in Libya

24 aprile 2019 | 17.33
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Italy supports United Nations efforts in Libya to facilitate dialogue leading to a negotiated political settlement of its eight-year conflict, foreign minister Enzo Moaveo Milanesi said on Wednesday.

"The Italian government supports the UN," Moavero told reporters in Rome after talks with UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame.

"It is playing an important role, especially in this period where armed conflict has flared. There can be no military solution," Moavero stated.

Nations must strive to prevent a further escalation of the deadly fighting in Tripoli this month that pits eastern Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar's militia against forces allied with the UN-backed government, he said.

"The civilian population is at constant risk from growing threats," Moavero said.

The warfare that broke out Tripoli on 5 April when Haftar's forces entered the capital has killed at least 272 people, injured 1,282 and displaced 35,000 according to the UN.

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