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The Association of World Citizens calls for a ceasefire in Libya, the respect of international Humanitarian Law and the start of negotiations in good faith on the future Constitutional Structure of the State.
The Association of World Citizens, responding to calls for assistance from persons displaced and in danger of bomb attacks by the fighting in and around Tripoli, calls for an immediate ceasefire so that humanitarian aid can be provided, and lives saved.
Fighting began on 4 April 2019 and is continuing led by the forces of General Khalifa Haftar and his Libyan National Army; opposed by local militias under the control of the Government of National, Accord led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj. The fighting is likely to lead to increased violations of the laws of war; especially attacks upon civilians and medical facilities.
United Nations Mediators.
The Association of World Citizens urges that negotiations under the leadership of United Nations mediators; originally to be held April 14-16, be undertaken with a range of participants as wide as possible. New and appropriate constitutional structures are needed for the administration of a complex and diversified State. The Association of World Citizens ; has proposed the possibility of con-federal administrative structures for the State.
The Association of World Citizens: had been concerned with human rights and freedom of expression in Libya during the time of the leadership of Mu’ammar Gaddafi and has continued to be concerned with the fate of the people of Libya since his death in 2011.
Displacement of Some 94,000 People.
The new round of fighting within Tripoli and 8 conflict-affected municipalities in the Tripoli District has caused the displacement of some 94,000 people, between 4 April and 10 June according to U.N. estimates. In addition; there are thousands of refugees and migrants in Libya, most coming from African countries. Some 4000 are held in detention centers, waiting for voluntary repatriation or deportation. Many others live outside these detention centers; often in very poor conditions.
Now is the time for responsible action, by all parties for an end to the fighting and the start of negotiations in good faith.
By Dr. Rene Wadlow, President of the Association of World Citizens.