UN: Antonio Guterres says Libya’s peace at stake, urges ceasefire

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    The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says that Libya’s arms embargo is still being violated in spite of international efforts to get its warring sides to stop fighting. His remarks came during a high-level virtual meeting aimed at getting combatants to commit to a lasting ceasefire. Talks aimed at discussing a cessation of hostilities are supposed to take place in Geneva at the end of October. Al Jazeera’s James Bays reports from the United Nations in New York, US. –

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    In This Story: Libya

    Libya, officially the State of Libya, is a country in the Maghreb region in North Africa, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad to the south, Niger to the southwest, Algeria to the west, and Tunisia to the northwest.

    The sovereign state is made of three historical regions: Tripolitania, Fezzan and Cyrenaica. The largest city and capital, Tripoli, is located in western Libya and contains over three million of Libya’s seven million people. The second-largest city is Benghazi, which is located in eastern Libya.

    Libya became independent as a kingdom in 1951. A military coup in 1969 overthrew King Idris I. Parts of Libya are currently split between rival Tobruk and Tripoli-based governments, as well as various tribal and Islamist militias.

    Libya is a member of the United Nations (since 1955), the Non-Aligned Movement, the Arab League, the OIC and OPEC. The country’s official religion is Islam, with 96.6% of the Libyan population being Sunni Muslims.

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