The EU has expressed alarm at the growing violence in the Libyan city of Benghazi, condemning recent suicide bombings, targeted assassinations, and clashes between armed groups: “The continued fighting poses a serious threat to the security and stability of the country and the wider region,” a statement said.
“These violent incidents confirm once again the need for an urgent ceasefire in the country and the resumption of political dialogue. A political process, and not armed confrontation, is the only way to address underlying differences and to secure a peaceful future for all Libyans,” said the statement, issued in Saturday by a spokesperson for the EU External Action Service.
“The EU urges Libyan parties to constructively participate in the UNSMIL-facilitated peace talks, and welcomes the courage and conviction of those who have come to the negotiating table,” the statement added.
“The EU stands ready to support the Libyan people,” the spokesperson concluded, adding the international community would “not hesitate in taking action against those who undermine the political process and prospects of peace in the country.”
(Source: EU Neighbourhood Info)