U.N. Special Representative for Libya Ghassan Salame talks during a news conference in Rome - REUTERS U.N. Special Representative for Libya Ghassan Salame talks during a news conference in Rome - REUTERS

Libyan military men draft permanent ceasefire agreement in Geneva

Mon, Feb. 24, 2020
CAIRO - 24 February 2020: The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) declared on Sunday that Libyan military men agreed upon a draft agreement aimed at achieving a permanent ceasefire.

The draft will be reviewed by the command of each party before another round of talks takes place in March.

The 5+5 bilateral talks were held in Geneva and attended by Head of UNSMIL Ghassan Salame. The next meeting is planned to examine the tasks of committees to be in charge of accomplishing the prospective agreement.

Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, commander of the LNA, has set out conditions to ensure a ceasefire in the country.

"The Syrian and Turkish mercenaries must pull out from the country, and Ankara must halt the supply of arms to Tripoli," Haftar said in an interview with Sputnik news agency on Friday.

"Unfortunately, a temporary ceasefire is being used by Turkey and the [Tripoli-based Prime Minister Fayez] Sarraj's government to transfer a large number of Syrian mercenaries, Turkish soldiers, terrorists, and weapons to Tripoli by sea and air. It is a violation of the ceasefire," the LNA commander added.

"Our patience is running thin regarding repeated truce breaches by [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan and [GNA Prime Minister Fayez] Sarraj's mercenaries, and their failure to fulfill their Berlin obligations," Haftar said.

According to Haftar, the LNA is open to all peace initiatives that could achieve security and stability on Libyan soil and supports actions conducted by the UN Support Mission in Libya and its head Ghassan Salame.
 
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