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Libyan parties say ‘no alternative’ to peace outside UN-sponsored dialogue process

13 August 2015 – The latest round of the United Nations-facilitated Libyan political dialogue has concluded in Geneva, with the different parties emphasizing the need to set aside partisan agendas and uphold the country’s higher national interests.


With political will, Libyan parties can reach settlement by month’s end – UN envoy

11 August 2015 – With Libya’s disparate factions starting to coalesce around United Nations-backed proposals on a comprehensive settlement and a unity government, UN special envoy Bernardino León previewed the latest round of talks opening in Geneva today, telling reporters that with political will, the parties could wrap up “this very difficult process” with an agreement by the end of August.


UN urges bold action to tackle deepening refugee crisis in Greece

07 August 2015 – The United Nations today called for bold and urgent action to address a deepening crisis in Greece, where some 124,000 refugees and migrants have arrived by sea this year – a staggering increase of over 750 per cent compared to the same period in 2014.


Almost 400 people rescued in the Mediterranean after fishing boat sinks – UN agency

06 August 2015 – Almost 400 people have been rescued so far from a vessel which sank off the coast of Libya while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea with an estimated 600 refugees and migrants on board, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.


Libya: new round of UN-facilitated political dialogue set to begin next week

06 August 2015 – With a new round of the United Nations-facilitated political dialogue set to begin next week in Geneva, the top UN envoy for Libya, Bernardino León, has urged the parties to redouble their efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict in the country.


INTERVIEW: "Every conflict has an end, and this conflict... has to come to an end after five years" - UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura

30 July 2015 – The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has been tasked with reinvigorating an inclusive political process towards ending the crisis in the country, based on the aims set out in the 2012 Geneva Communiqué, which was adopted by the first international conference on the issue and has been endorsed by the UN security Council.


UN human rights officials seriously concerned by verdicts in trial of former members of Qadhafi regime

28 July 2015 – The verdicts in the trial of 37 Qadhafi regime officials, including against the former leader’s son, Saif al-Islam Qadhafi, handed down today by the Tripoli Court of Assize, has drawn serous concern from senior United Nations human rights officials in Libya, as well as in Geneva, amid fears the trial did not meet international standards on a number of fronts.


Libya: UN mission calls for immediate ceasefire as fresh violence erupts across country's southern region

23 July 2015 – Deeply concerned by escalating violence in southern Libya, the United Nations Support Mission in the crisis-torn country called for an immediate ceasefire today amid fighting that has claimed dozens of lives in recent weeks and is a “further reminder of the chaos engulfing Libya and the need for the main…actors to move quickly to reach a political settlement.”