UN condemns Attempted Coup in Libya

By John Lee.

The United Nations has condemned an attempted coup in Tripoli, in which rebels seized buildings of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) around the Rixos hotel complex.

UN envoy Martin Kobler said:

I condemn yesterday’s attempt to seize the headquarters of the High Council of State. Such actions, aimed at creating parallel institutions and obstructing the implementation of the LPA, will generate further disorder and insecurity and must end for the sake of the Libyan People.

"The LPA remains to be only framework for a peaceful solution in Libya and I urge all political stakeholders to unify behind it."

The coup was led by Khalifa al-Ghwell, a former prime minister, with support from the General National Congress (GNC) in Tripoli. Ghwell declared that the GNA was now void after repeated failures to unite the country.

(Sources: UNSMIL, The Guardian)

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