Europe calls for humanitarian truce in Libya

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Brusselse Voorstad, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium Published: Apr 25, 2020, 04:27 PM(IST)

European Union calls truce in Libya Photograph:( Reuters )

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The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy and the EU`s top diplomat made a joint call on Saturday for a humanitarian truce in Libya, saying all sides must resume peace talks.

A request for resuming peace talks was made in a joint video call between the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy and the EU`s top diplomat on. The video call took place on Saturday and a humanitarian truce was called by the officials.

"We want to unite our voices to those of the U.N. Secretary-General (Antonio) Guterres and his Acting Special Representative for Libya, Stephanie Turco Williams, in their call for a humanitarian truce in Libya," the statement said.

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"We call on all the Libyan actors to get inspired by the spirit of the Holy Ramadan, engage in resuming talks for a genuine ceasefire," said the statement, signed by the EU`s Josep Borrell, France`s Jean-Yves Le Drian, Italy`s Luigi di Maio and Heiko Maas of Germany.

The conflicts in conflicts in the western areas of Libya had escalated this month, despite several urgent calls from the U.N. for a truce. 

While the European Union has been able to stop the transportation of artillery from eastern Mediterranean side, it has not been able to stop the transfer from the Egypt-Libya land border.

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