The UN Security Council will hold urgent closed-door consultations, on Wednesday, on the crisis in Libya, where fighting has derailed UN-led efforts to prepare for elections.
UN envoy Ghassan Salame will brief the council on his decision to postpone a national conference aimed at drawing up an election roadmap, diplomats said.
Thousands of people have fled Tripoli after forces under the command of Khalifa Haftar, who controls part of eastern Libya, launched an offensive last week to take the capital.
“We cannot ask people to take part in the conference during gunfire and air strikes,” Salame said Tuesday in announcing the postponement of the conference that was due to open on Sunday.
Britain and Germany, which holds the council presidency, called for the meeting a day after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an immediate halt to the fighting.