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CAIRO-- The Arab League chief on Sunday called on Libyan parties to cast aside military option and engage in political dialogue as it is the sole avenue to settle the conflict.

Arab League Secretary General Ahmad Abul Gheit, in a statement marking Eid Al-Fitr, called anew on the Libyan groups to cease firing on all Libyan territories, engage with goodwill in political dialogue under auspices of the United Nations for such a choice is the sole path to reach a comprehensive and viable settlement to the strife that has been tearing the country apart.

There is no military solution to the current crisis and developments have proven inability of all sides to dictate compulsory or unilateral solutions, Abul Gheit stated.

He re-urged Libyan leaders to heed international appeals to resume negotiations -- alluding to the two main parties; the national conciliation government and the national army -- for working out a lasting and comprehensive cease-fire.

Libyan people have suffered from fighting, annihilation and divisions that have been ongoing for 14 months since flare-up of the military battles around the capital, Tripoli, he concluded.


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