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UN envoy opposes foreign intervention in Libya

AP , Tuesday 26 Aug 2014
Smoke rises near buildings after heavy fighting between rival militias broke out near the airport in Tripoli July 13, 2014. (Photo:Reuters)
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The newly appointed UN envoy to Libya says he doesn't believe a foreign intervention can halt the North African country's turmoil as political divisions and infighting push it deeper into chaos.                       

Bernardino Leon says Libya needs international support to back "Libyans who want to fight chaos ... through a political process."

The Spanish diplomat spoke in Cairo on Tuesday on his final trip as a European envoy to the region, before he takes up his new post as UN's special envoy to Libya next month.

Some Libyan lawmakers have called for international intervention to help stabilize the country, awash with weapons and dominated by rival militias and allied political groups.

The power struggle in Libya intensified in recent weeks, leaving it with two rival governments and two parliaments.

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