Middle East

UN envoy opposes foreign intervention in Libya

Smoke rises from the Brigade Qaqaa headquarters, a former Libyan Army camp known as Camp 7 April, following clashes between rival militias at the Sawani road district in Tripoli August 24, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer)

CAIRO: The newly appointed U.N. envoy to Libya says he doesn't believe a foreign intervention can halt the North African country's turmoil as political divisions and infighting push it deeper into chaos.

Bernardino Leon says Libya needs international support to back "Libyans who want to fight chaos ... through a political process."

The Spanish diplomat spoke in Cairo Tuesday on his final trip as a European envoy to the region, before he takes up his new post as U.N.'s special envoy to Libya next month.

Some Libyan lawmakers have called for international intervention to help stabilize the country, awash with weapons and dominated by rival militias and allied political groups.

The power struggle in Libya intensified in recent weeks, leaving it with two rival governments and two parliaments.





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