The Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Libya, Stephanie Williams, has stressed the urgent need to maintain calm on the ground and protect civilians in light of the ongoing developments in Tripoli, referring to the sudden entry of the Prime Minister of the parallel government, Fathi Bashagha, to Tripoli at dawn on Tuesday.

“I urge restraint and insist on the absolute necessity of refraining from provocative actions, including inflammatory rhetoric, participation in clashes and the mobilization of forces”, Williams tweeted.

She also indicated that conflict cannot be solved with violence, but with dialogue and mediation, and to this end, the good offices of the United Nations remain available to all parties who believe in helping Libya find a genuine, consensual way forward towards stability and elections.

Similar statements were issued by the embassies of the United States of America, Britain, Italy, Germany and Spain calling for calm and restraint and avoiding armed escalation, stressing that there is no solution in Libya except by renewing the legitimacy of the ruling institutions through elections.