The UN Security Council on Wednesday in New York adopted a resolution calling for “lasting ceasefire” in Libya”s ongoing conflict.
The resolution confirms commitments made by international leaders during a summit in Berlin on January 19, including upholding a UN arms embargo and ending international interference in the conflict and military support for the opposing factions.
The text, which was drafted by the United Kingdom, was approved by 14 votes out of 15, including Germany. Russia, a Security Council veto-wielding power abstained. The resolution calls for continuing talks between the factions in Geneva under the auspices of the UN.
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”.