Berlin-UN Secretary General Antonio Guteres has stressed the need for Libyan parties to shoulder their responsibilities, and for foreign influential parties to put peace first. Speaking to the Berlin ministerial conference co-chaired by the UN and Germany, Guteres said ‘Libya’s future is at stake’, and urged all Libyans to work towards a lasting ceasefire, to constructively contribute to the UN -led political talks, and to put the interests of Libya first. He stressed the need to respect the pledges announced by participants in the Berlin Conference including strict and inconditional implementation of the UN embargo on weapons to Libya. Guteres also stressed the importance of restoring Libya’s ability to provide services for its population whose conditions, he said, have deteriorated not only because of the war but because of rampant corruption in the country. The Libyan people had to endure the repercussions of the conflict, but nevertheless they still face the catastrophic consequence of a spread of Covid 19. The Secretary General expressed his shock at the discovery of mass graves in Tarhuna, and said solving the Libyan crisis remained a UN priority.
Source: Libya News Agency