UN highlights Libyan women's role in peace

Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-21 03:28:57|Editor: yan
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TRIPOLI, May 20 (Xinhua) -- A senior UN official has highlighted Libyan women's role in bringing peace to the war-torn country, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said Monday.

Stephanie Williams, Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Political Affairs in Libya, made the remarks during her meeting on Sunday with the Women Empowerment Unit of the UN-backed Libyan government in the capital Tripoli.

"There is no military solution to the crisis in Libya," a UNSMIL statement quoted Williams as saying at the meeting.

She also reiterated the urgent need for dialogue while praising women's efforts to find a political solution, the statement said.

The east-based army, led by Khalifa Haftar, has been leading a military campaign since early April to take over Tripoli from the government.

The World Health Organization said the fighting so far has killed 454 people, injured 2,154 others, and displaced nearly 60,000 civilians.

Libya has been suffering escalating violence and political instability ever since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.