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Arab League chief urges Libyans to keep guns silent

CAIRO, May 17 (KUNA) -- Arab League Secretary General Ahmad Abul-Gheit on Tuesday called for maintaining the cease-fire in Libya and sparing Libyans yet another bout of costly infighting.
The Arab League chief, in a brief statement, expressed deep concern at latest developments in Libya, urged all parties there to practice self-restraint and resort to dialogue for paving the way to hold elections, as soon as possible.
Holding the elections is the sole avenue to end the transitional phase that has dragged on for a long period of time, Abul-Gheit said.
The polls are the means for renewing legitimacy in the institutions to put Libya on the track of stability and development, he added.
Abul-Gheit expressed support for meetings of the joint "constitutional path commission" -- grouping the parliament and state council -- that kick started its second session in Egypt two days ago, under the UN aegis.
He re-affirmed the Arab organization's support for any sincere effort aimed at unifying the Libyans. (end) mfm.rk