The African Union (AU) has reiterated its deep concern at the collapse of state structures and the prevailing security situation in Libya.
The AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) on Monday held a meeting on the situation in Libya, according to a statement from AU on Tuesday.
The Council said the fighting that is taking place in various parts of Libya between the armed belligerents, as well as the deliberate targeting of civilians and civilian institutions and public infrastructures, including airports and oil installations, in total disregard of international humanitarian and human rights laws.
The Council expressed dismay at the disastrous humanitarian impact of the current situation.
It strongly condemned the terrorist groups operating in Libya and their criminal activities, including the gruesome killing of African migrants of Egyptian and Ethiopian origin.
The Council also said that the prevailing anarchy in Libya has facilitated the activities of the criminal networks involved in human trafficking towards Europe, leading to the loss of countless human lives during attempts to cross the Mediterranean Sea.
The Council underlined the need for effective international action to address both the immediate and long-term aspects of the problem, through enhanced cooperation involving all concerned stakeholders.
It reiterated its conviction that there can be no military solution to the crisis in Libya, urging the Libyan stakeholders to genuinely commit themselves to dialogue, in order to bring to an end the suffering being inflicted upon their own people, complete the transition process and live up to the hope generated by the popular uprising of February 2011. Enditem