France urges peace deal in Libya after killing of Christians

20th April 2015, Comments 0 comments

French President Francois Hollande on Monday condemned the killing of at least 28 Ethiopian Christians in Libya, urging a peace deal to restore order in the conflict-ridden nation.

Hollande said in a statement he was outraged at the "abominable" murder shown in a video by the Islamic State (IS) group released Sunday.

"A national peace deal remains both necessary and urgent to restore order and security in Libya," read the statement.

Awash with weapons since its 2011 revolt and torn between rival governments and parliaments, Libya is on the edge of all-out civil war as armed groups do battle for its cities and oil wealth.

The Islamic State, which has seized chunks of Syria and Iraq, has won the support of jihadist groups across Middle East and north Africa. Several Libyan jihadist groups have pledged allegiance to the militants.


© 2015 AFP

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