Some Libya Dawn fighters shoot their guns near Libya's capital city of Tripoli, on March 11, 2015. Clashes erupted on Wednesday between Libya Dawn militants and pro-government forces in the Ajaylat area some 80 kilometers west of Tripoli. (Xinhua/Hamza Turkia)

The African Union (AU) on Saturday expressed its “deep concern” on the deterioration of security situations in the war-torn Libya, and the eventual continuation of the suffering of the Libyan people.

“The Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, is deeply concerned at the deterioration of the situation in Libya and the continuing suffering of the Libyan people,” the 55-member pan African bloc said in a statement issued on Saturday.

The AU Commission Chairperson also stressed that “various threats of political and military interference in the internal affairs of the country increase the risk of a confrontation, whose motives have nothing to do with the fundamental interests of the Libyan people and their aspirations for freedom, peace, democracy and development.”

Mahamat also reiterated the African Union’s “unwavering commitment to an inclusive political solution, in which all political and social actors play the leading role.”

He further “called on the international community to join efforts with Africa to promote a rapid and peaceful resolution of this crisis, which has dangerous consequences in all respects for the country, the region and the continent as a whole.”

The AU, which recently stressed the necessity of a Libyan-owned and led process towards creating a new political dispensation in the war-torn nation, had also in October emphasized the guiding principles of the AU approach, mainly the necessity of a Libyan-owned and led process towards creating a new political dispensation in the North African country, in support of the United Nations-led initiative.

On October 4, the AU’s Peace and Security Council (AU-PSC) had also convened a meeting that dwelt upon the current security situations in Libya, as the Council “reiterated its deep concern about the seriousness of the situation prevailing in Libya and its dangerous repercussions on the security and stability of the Region and the Continent as a whole.”

The AU-PSC, in its final meeting communique, had also underscored its resolve “for an effective and urgent involvement” of the AU in the search for a lasting political solution to the crisis in Libya, providing conditions for a dignified life and reconciliation to the Libyan people. Enditem

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