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Security Council endorses peace resolution for Libya; Russia abstains

by Ace Damon

UN Security Council endorsed a peace plan for the war in Libya on Wednesday (12), while Russia abstained because it felt that the warring parties could not guarantee what was proposed.

The vote on the text prepared by the United Kingdom ended 14-0 in favor of the resolution, which condemned the increase in violence in the African country and expressed concern about the worsening humanitarian situation.

The plan was established after a conference held in Berlin on January 19. Although Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the summit, Moscow understood that it could not endorse the resolution as the disputing sides would not be able to comply with the agreement.

Doubts whether sides 'are willing to abide by decisions'

The Russian ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzia, said he would abstain because he doubts that the plan can be implemented. But he added that he would change his mind if the resolution had a positive impact.

"There is no clear understanding as to whether all sides in the Libyan conflict are willing to abide by the decisions of the Berlin conference," he said.

The British ambassador, Karen Pierce, for her part, said that the "resolution was viable" and gave "concrete expression to the commitments that the leaders adopted in Berlin", according to published by the AP agency.

Since the ouster of ex-President Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has experienced disputes over local political power.

Currently, much of the country's territory is under the control of the Libyan National Army (LNA), under the command of Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

GNA praised Council resolution

In turn, Tripoli and the northwest territories of Libya are under the control of the Government of the National Agreement (GNA), which has UN recognition.

The GNA Foreign Minister praised the Security Council's decision

The UN resolution requires the international community not to interfere in Libya's internal affairs and to respect a UN arms embargo, including stopping military support and withdrawing "mercenaries" from the country.

In addition, the plan calls for an immediate, lasting and unconditional ceasefire between the disputing groups.

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