France on Monday called for stronger UN sanctions on Libyans who stand in the way of a political solution in the conflict-ridden country.
Le Drian, whose government has been pushing a peace plan that includes elections by the end of the year, also called for stricter control of the cash flow from sales of Libyan oil to prevent funding of hostile groups.
The feuding militias come mostly from Libya’s third city Misrata and the town of Tarhouna to the southeast of the capital, with fighting flaring despite a ceasefire reached on September 4.
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Le Drian, speaking on the eve of the annual General Assembly, also urged countries to mobilize to end the war in Syria, which has claimed more than 360,000 lives since 2011.
Syrian President “Bashar al-Assad but also those who support him have a responsibility to work for a political solution,” Le Drian said. “If not, we risk heading toward a sort of perpetual war in the area,” he said.