NATO chief calls on all sides in Libya to end fighting

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday called on all sides in the Libyan conflict to exercise restraint, cease fighting and support U.N. efforts to broker a truce.

"The Secretary General expressed the Alliance’s deep concern over the situation in Libya and stressed that he would continue to urge all parties to end the fighting and join again the political process, as called for by the United Nations," the intergovernmental organisation said in a statement.

War-torn Libya has been split between the U.N.-recognised Government of National Accord in Tripoli, and Libyan National Army forces led by General Khalifa Haftar, the de facto ruler of eastern Libya. Haftar launched an assault to control Tripoli earlier last year. 

Turkey has been sending troops to Libya to support the GNA in its fight against the LNA, which is backed by several countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and France.