UN Security Council calls for ceasefire in Libya

15-member body of the UN Security Council has called on Libya's conflicting sides to commit to a ceasefire.

Iran Press/Africa: In a joint statement, the United Nations Security Council has called on Libya's warring parties to commit to a ceasefire after a deadly air raid on a detention centre for migrants and refugees near Libya's capital, Tripoli. 

"The members of the Security Council stressed the need for all parties to urgently de-escalate the situation and to commit to a ceasefire," the 15-member body said on Friday according to Al Jazeera.

"Lasting peace and stability in Libya will come only through a political solution," added the statement. 

The UN's most powerful body also called on the parties to rapidly return to UN-mediated political talks and urged other countries not to intervene or worsen the conflict in Libya, which has been wracked by chaos since the NATO-backed overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. 

The council press statement was the first approved by all 15 members since the leader of the self-styled Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar, launched an offensive in early April to wrestle the capital from forces loyal to the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA). 101/214

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