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US, EU Urge Political Solution in Libya's Standoff

FILE - General Khalifa Haftar speaks during a news conference at a sports club in Abyar, a small town to the east of Benghazi.
FILE - General Khalifa Haftar speaks during a news conference at a sports club in Abyar, a small town to the east of Benghazi.
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The United States and top European missions in Libya have expressed concern about the rising violence in the country, where clashes between rival militias have killed at least 70 people and wounded hundreds.

In a joint statement Friday, the U.S., European Union, Britain, France, Germany and Italy urged all sides to refrain from using force and to address differences through "political means."

They also called on Libya to hold parliamentary elections as soon as possible as a way to end the standoff.

About a week of clashes between government forces and those loyal to a rogue retired general have renewed fears of a descent by Libya into civil war. Retired General Khalifa Haftar touts himself as a nationalist who is waging a war to save Libya from Islamic extremists.

The fighting is some of the worst in Libya since the 2011 revolution that toppled long-time Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Earlier this week, Libya's electoral commission announced it will hold national parliamentary elections on June 25. Libya's parliament is divided between representatives of Islamist and non-Islamist forces.

The country has experienced chronic unrest since Moammar Gadhafi was ousted from power.

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by: MUSTAFA from: INDIA
May 24, 2014 5:05 AM
USA & EU must be happy to see panic,uncertainity,no business,education and no peace and security.History record in front of us Libyans were happy and satisfied at the time of Guddafi.This is main purpose of USA & EU to create problems for poor peoples and then left the gound.Why they used force to remove Ghaddafi. The SAME mistake they are repeating in Syria. They hate Assad, so they want to remove Assad with force. To achieve this target how many killed,wounded,homeless,children without parent,without shelter,water,electricity and peace and security. USA & EU is proud of wealth and power in this world. UN is puppet in front of them. They know very well what ever they want they will achive with force. USA & EU should read their religious book what would be their judgement in front of GOD COURTagainst killing of innocent peoples and give them endless pain and tearssssss.

by: meanbill from: USA
May 24, 2014 12:00 AM
PROTECT the Libyan oil and gas for the European Union at all costs, and the US, EU, and NATO countries support general Haftar for President of Libya, who'll give the Libyan oil and gas to the Europeans -- (BUT?) -- the US, EU, and NATO must seize the oil and gas from Libya, if General Haftar doesn't succeed?

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