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Tripoli wants to reach a political settlement, Libyan FM told Russian counterpart

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks to Libyan Prime Minister Al-Baghdadi Al-Mahmoudi by telephone:

On April 23, a telephone conversation between Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov and Secretary of the General People's Committee of the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Al-Baghdadi Al-Mahmoudi, took place at the Libyan side’s request.

The head of the Libyan government voiced his assessments of the situation in Libya. He emphasized the desire of the Tripoli authorities to reach a political settlement of the conflict and expressed interest in Russia helping to find a peaceful solution.

In turn, Lavrov pointed out that the important thing now is to stop the bloodshed and suffering among the civilian population of the country. He said an immediate ceasefire is needed, thus putting an end to the further degradation of conditions in Libya and to the fratricidal war as soon as possible. For this purpose the Libyan government should clearly state its commitment to stop violence, and put forward a practical plan to achieve a truce as the starting point for launching a political process. He also underlined the need for immediate termination of fighting in Misurata and to assist international organizations in alleviating the humanitarian crisis situation in which the residents of the city have found themselves.

The Minister also accentuated that at the same time it is necessary to confirm the unconditional consent of the Libyan government to fully comply with UN Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973.

On this basis, Russia would be ready to cooperate in implementing under the aegis of the UN or regional organizations, including the African Union in the first place, the schemes being developed to shift the resolution of the Libyan crisis onto a political and diplomatic footing.

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