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Security Council backs ‘lasting ceasefire’ in Libya

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UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — The UN Security Council on Wednesday adopted a resolution calling for a “lasting ceasefire” in war-torn Libya, where a fragile truce has been in place since January.
The text, drafted by Britain, was approved by 14 votes out of 15, with Russia abstaining.

It was subject to weeks of wrangling, 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.

The resolution affirmed “the need for a lasting ceasefire in Libya at the earliest opportunity, without pre-conditions.”

It also expressed “concern over the growing involvement of mercenaries in Libya.”

Russia had pushed to replace the word “mercenaries” with “foreign terrorist fighters.”

Libya, Africa’s most oil-rich nation, has been mired in chaos since the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi.

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