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EU calls for Withdrawal of Forces from Tripoli

Declaration by the High Representative Federica Mogherini on behalf of the EU on the situation in Libya The military attack launched by the LNA on Tripoli and the subsequent escalation in and around the capital are endangering civilians, including migrants and refugees, and disrupting the UN-led political process, with the risk of serious consequences for […]

UN postpones Libyan National Conference

Statement by the Special Representative of the Secretary General in Libya, Ghassan Salamé, on the National Conference The decision to hold the National Conference had been made on the basis that the situation had matured, and that the necessary conditions had been met to enable an effective solution to the crisis in Libya through a […]

UN condemns the LNA Attack on Mitiga Airport

Statement by the Special representative of the Secretary-General for Libya Ghassan Salame The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya Ghassan Salame condemns the aerial attack today by LNA aircraft against Mitiga [Meitiga] Airport, the capital’s only functioning airport that is available for civilian use. As such, this […]

2,800+ Displaced by Tripoli Fighting

Statement by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Libya Maria Ribeiro on the protection of civilians in Libya The escalation of violence in and around Tripoli has caused the displacement of more than 2,800 persons fleeing from fighting, has blocked emergency services from reaching casualties and civilians, and damaged electricity lines. The upsurge in violence is […]

US Denounces Military Offensive by Haftar

Statement by Secretary Pompeo: Situation in Libya The United States is deeply concerned about fighting near Tripoli. We have made clear that we oppose the military offensive by Khalifa Haftar’s forces and urge the immediate halt to these military operations against the Libyan capital. Forces should return to status quo ante positions. All involved parties […]

Video: Haftar and the battle for Libya’s Oil Wealth

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. Almost eight years after the fall of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the country is deeply divided between east and west. A war economy has enriched armed groups and a battle to control the country’s […]

New UK Ambassador to Libya

By John Lee. Mr Martin Reynolds CMG has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Libya in succession to Mr Frank Baker CMG OBE who will be leaving the Diplomatic Service. He will take up his appointment in April 2019. For the past four years, Mr Reynolds has held the post of Principal Private Secretary to […]

Haftar’s Forces Advance on Tripoli

By Adam Nathan (@adamgnathan). The international community has called for calm and restraint in Libya as forces loyal to General Haftar (pictured) moved steadily closer to the capital Tripoli. On Thursday, Haftar’s forces took over Gharyan, a town 100km south of Tripoli. By 3pm local time on Friday, his self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) had seized […]