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No ambiguity in inclusive dialogue on Libya says Italy

03 maggio 2019 | 16.57
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Italy is not being "ambiguous" in seeking dialogue between all sides in Libya's eight-year conflict to bring peace and stability to its war-wracked former colony, foreign minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi said on Friday.

"An approach that favours inclusive dialogue is not being ambiguous or wavering," Moavero told lawmakers during a hearing which was streamed live on the oarliament's website.

"Once you clearly recognise a legitimate government, you have to play a conciliatory role to get the different sides to speak to each other."

Moaveo told a conference in Fiesole outside Florence on Thursday that Italy was "maintaining inclusive dialogue with all sides" in Libya aimed at allowing its people to choose "free and democratic" institutions in a UN-facilitated peace process.

Libya has been in chaos since the 2011 ouster of late dictator Muammar Gaddafi, with various political factions vying for control the oil-rich state, backed by a myriad of armed groups.

The capital Tripoli has been in the throes of deadly clashes over the past month between eastern warlord Khalifa Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army and forces loyal to the UN-recognised unity government.

The UN says nearly 400 people have been killed, almost 2,000 wounded and around 50,000 have fled their homes since Haftar's assault on Tripoli began, amid growing fears the fighting could plunge the country into all-out civil war.

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