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Security Council votes for ‘lasting ceasefire’ in Libya as Haftar bans UN flights to Tripoli

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The UN Security Council on Wednesday adopted a resolution calling for a "lasting ceasefire" in Libya as Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftars forces vowed to block UN humanitarian flights from landing in the capital Tripoli.

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The text of the UN Security Council resolution, which reaffirmed the conclusions of last months Berlin Conference on Libya, was drafted by Britain and approved by 14 votes out of 15 with Russia abstaining.

It was subject to weeks of discussions, reflecting deep international divisions over Libya despite world leaders recently agreeing to end all foreign interference in the country and to uphold a weapons embargo.

Haftars forces blocks UN flights

Also on Wednesday, the UN said its flights have not been granted permission to land in Libya by the self-styled Libya National Army (LNA), also known as the Libyan Arab Armed Forces, led by General Khalifa Haftar.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the UN mission in Libya was concerned that its regular flights into Tripoli, which transport UN staff to and from the war-torn country, have been prevented from landing on several occasions in the past weeks.

Dujarric said preventing UN flights from traveling to Libya “will severely hinder our humanitarian and good offices efforts" at a time when the United Nations is trying to get the warring parties to negotiate a peRead More – Source