The Secretary-General of the United Nations UN Antonio Guterres urged world powers with interests in Libya’s war to stop sending arms to its rival governments.
Mr Guterres stated this on Monday at a virtual ministerial meeting co-hosted by the UN and Germany.
The UN Secretary General added that the focus should be on working towards a lasting ceasefire.
Mr Guterres implored those at a virtual ministerial meeting to support peace efforts not only in words but in actions, including immediately backing a widely violated UN arms embargo against Libya.
He emphasized that the violations of the embargo are a scandal and call into question the basic commitment to peace of all involved.
The UN Chief Scribe stressed that foreign deliveries of weapons and other military support must stop immediately.
Germany, which has been trying to act as an intermediary, said the virtual meeting was a chance to review what has been achieved since Berlin hosted a summit on Libya in January at which participants from both sides agreed to respect an arms embargo and push Libya’s warring parties to reach a full ceasefire.
Libya plunged into chaos after a NATO-backed uprising in 2011 toppled longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was later killed.
The country has since split between rival east- and west-based administrations, each backed by armed groups and foreign governments.
Renegade commander Khalifa Haftar and his self-styled army launched an offensive in April 2019, trying to capture Tripoli, the capital. But his campaign collapsed in June when the Tripoli-allied militias, with Turkish support, gained the upper hand.
Haftar is supported by Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Russia. Turkey, a rival of Egypt and the UAE in a broader regional struggle, is the main patron of the Tripoli forces, which are also backed by Qatar.