Ila el amam!

BLeonFollowing a resolution adopted by Libya’s new parliament asking the UN for help to deal with militia violence across the country, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on August 14 named Spanish diplomat Bernardino Léon as special envoy to Libya. Léon plans to visit Tripoli next week (though other sources say the date of his visit will be September 1), to seek a ceasefire between militia brigades from the northwestern city of Misrata and the western town of Zintan, that have turned the airport of the Libyan capital as well as civil areas into a battlefield.

A statement by his office said Leon’s Tripoli visit for talks would be conducted with the United Nations as the only international mediator accepted by all Libyan parties, Reuters reports. “It is in this framework that I am planning to travel to Tripoli as early as next week to continue to support the talks between…

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