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Ex-general Khalifa Haftar speaks during a news conference after surviving an assassination attempt, in Al Marj, east of Benghazi June 4, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Cairo- Libyan General Khalifa Haftar said, in a statement, that his country needs a leader possessing a wide military experience, and expressed again rejection of the U.N.-backed Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA).

France, for its part, announced that it will host a meeting on Libya next week. Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announced that the upcoming meeting on Libya would bring together countries including Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey.

“The Libyan National Army does not recognize any authority other than that of the parliament which is headquartered in Tobruk,” Haftar told the Associated Press.

When asked if he aims to take over the power in Libya, Haftar said he refuses to answer this question until social, security and political stability is settled in the country.

“Unfortunately, we are now facing a political impasse,” the U.N. envoy to the North African country Martin Kobler stated during a meeting of the U.N.’s Human Rights Council in Switzerland.

“At the same time, Libya is witnessing the unfolding of dangerous military developments,” Kobler said. “The risk of increased tensions in the capital should not be underestimated,” he added.

He said that in Libya’s second city Benghazi in the east, “more than 100 families are currently trapped in areas of fighting, facing constant bombing and shortages of food, medical care and electricity.”

“The government is spending 93% of its total budget on subsidies and salaries, including those of members of armed groups,” Kobler continued.

The U.N. envoy also highlighted “the horrific plight of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers” trying to reach Europe from Libya.