The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, says his talks with Libya’s most powerful military commander have ended in failure.
“I leave Libya with a heavy heart and deeply concerned,” he tweeted after meeting Khalifa Haftar in the eastern city of Benghazi, in an attempt to prevent what he called a bloody confrontation.
On Thursday, Khalifa Haftar ordered his forces to advance on the capital Tripoli, where the internationally recognised government is based.
Mr Haftar has his powerbase in the east of the country, where he is allied to a rival government.
In his tweet, Mr Guterres repeated the UN’s commitment to facilitating a political solution and supporting the Libyan people.
I leave Libya with a heavy heart and deeply concerned. I still hope it is possible to avoid a bloody confrontation in and around Tripoli.
The UN is committed to facilitating a political solution and, whatever happens, the UN is committed to supporting the Libyan people.
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) April 5, 2019