Morocco World News,
New York, August 13, 2011
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized his belief that there can be no military solution to the Libyan crisis but that the only way out would be through a ceasefire linked to a political process.
In a statement attributable to him, dated 11 August, the Secretary-General reiterated his concern over the unacceptably large number of civilian casualties as a result of the conflict in Libya and his sincere “sympathy and solidarity” with the Libyan people. But in calling for protection of civilians, Mr. Ban addressed “all parties”, calling on them to exercise extreme caution in their actions in order to minimize any further loss of civilian life.
In his emphasis on a political solution, and having dispatched former Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdel-Elah Al-Khatib to both parties of the conflict in Libya as his Special Envoy, the Secretary-General went on to urge all Libyan parties to immediately engage with Al-Khatib in order to end the bloodshed in the country.
Editing by Benjamin Adnane Bennis,
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