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Libya's UN envoy warns of 'full-blown civil war'

Rebel supporters cheer during a celebratory rally after the United Nations approved a no fly zone over the country on March 18, 2011 in Tobruk, Libya. (Joe Raedle, Getty Images)
Rebel supporters cheer during a celebratory rally after the United Nations approved a no fly zone over the country on March 18, 2011 in Tobruk, Libya. (Joe Raedle, Getty Images)
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Updated: 8/27 12:57 pm

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Libya's ambassador to the United Nations is warning of "full-blown civil war" if the chaos and division in the North African country continue.

Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that he had always excluded civil war as a possibility, "but the situation has changed."

The Security Council unanimously approved a resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire and extending sanctions against people threatening Libya's stability.

Libya currently has two rival parliaments in different parts of the country, and two different governments. The divisions are rooted in rivalries between Islamists and non-Islamists, as well as powerful tribal and regional allegiances.

British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, the current council president, says the council's Libya sanctions committee will meet early next week to decide which individuals will be sanctioned.

 

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