Martin Kobler condemns violence and calls for the immediate restoration of calm in Tripoli
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Libya and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler, is following reports of ongoing fighting in Tripoli with grave concern. The SRSG calls on rival groups to stop fighting immediately and put Libyan national interest first.
“Voices of reason should prevail for the benefit of the country,” said Martin Kobler. “Political aims must not be pursued through violence. Civilians must be protected. I remind all parties of their duty to respect the provisions of international humanitarian and international human rights law”, he stated.
The SRSG expresses his full support to the Presidency Council as the sole legitimate executive authority in Libya, as stipulated in UN Security Council Resolutions 2259 and 2278. He urges all parties in Libya to engage seriously in the political process and towards national reconciliation.