Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA) of Libya Fayez Al Sarraj greets a boy before performing Eid Al Fitr prayers at the Martyrs Square of the capital Tripoli on June 4, 2019. Image Credit: AFP

Tripoli - Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Al Sarraj called Sunday for a national conference to end a war that threatens to rip the North African oil producer apart amid an offensive by eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar.

Al Sarraj, in a televised news briefing in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, proposed the conference be held with the help of the United Nations and that it decide a roadmap for elections.

The effort marked the latest bid by the embattled premier, who heads a government backed by the international community, to end the ongoing crisis that reached a new high after Haftar’s Libyan National Army launched an offensive on Tripoli after having secured much of the rest of the country.

Al Sarraj stressed anew that there was no military solution to the current crisis and that only a political roadmap would bring about stability. At the same time, he called for a probe into what he said could constitute war crimes by Haftar’s forces.