Libya envoy to UN warns of 'full-blown civil war'
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, August 27, 2014 1:55PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, August 27, 2014 3:00PM EDT
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 UN 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.