The only way to end the conflict in Libya is to disarm our rival groups and arrest their leaders, reads the statement by Libya Dawn or Fajr Libya, which was issued on the group’s Facebook page on Tuesday.
SHAFAQNA – A major militia group in Libya has rejected a UN call for a ceasefire, instead demanding the disarmament of other rival groups.
The stance of Libya Dawn, which is in control of the capital city of Tripoli, comes a day after representatives from warring groups in Libya held ceasefire talks mediated by Bernardino Leon, the United Nations special representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya.
Though Leon described ceasefire negotiations as “positive” and “constructive,” the future of the talks remains unclear as the specter of a full-fledged civil war looms large over the violence-stricken country.
Libya has plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled the longtime ruler, Muammar Gaddafi. The ouster of Gaddafi gave rise to a patchwork of heavily-armed militias and deep political divisions.
The North African country has recently been witnessing numerous clashes between government forces and rival militia groups that refuse to lay down arms. The groups are now turning their guns on each other in an attempt to dominate politics and the country’s vast oil resources.
Earlier this month, Leon had warned that rapidly deteriorating security and deepening political divisions have brought Libya “closer to the brink of protracted conflict and civil strife.”
Source: Press TV