African Union to dispatch mission to Libya

APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) Commission decided on Thursday to send a mission to the troubled Libya to assess the situation in that country, APA learns from the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa.

The decision to send a mission was made after the PSC held a meeting late on Wednesday in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa to discuss the ongoing situation in that country.

The mission comprising AU PSC officials is expected to depart to Libya in the coming few days.

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“Council expresses deep concern with the situation in the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and strongly condemns the indiscriminate and excessive use of force and lethal weapons against peaceful protestors, in violation of human rights and International Humanitarian Law, which continues to contribute to the loss of human life and the destruction of property,” it said.African-union

The Council also stresses the need for the people of Libya to spare no effort in avoiding any further loss of life.

The Council conveys its condolences to the families of the victims and wishes those that have been injured an early recovery.

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The PSC calls on the Libyan authorities to ensure the protection and security of the citizens ,and also ensure the delivery and provision of humanitarian assistance to the injured and other persons in need.

According to international organizations, 640 people have been killed and up to 4,000 wounded in clashes with government forces in Libya since protests against long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi’s regime began on February 15.

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