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Offbeat UN representative speaks of historic moment: Armistice decided in Libya

14:50  23 october  2020
14:50  23 october  2020 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) is a United Nations ( UN ) advanced mission in Libya , created in the aftermath of the Libyan Civil War.

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Libya has been sinking into chaos for years. Military representatives in Geneva have now taken a decisive step towards peace.

Stephanie Williams, UN-Beauftragte für Libyen, bei Gesprächen des UNSMIL (Unterstützungsmission der Vereinten Nationen in Libyen) mit den Konfliktparteien am 19. Oktober 2020. © Photo: Violaine Martin / dpa Stephanie Williams, UN Commissioner for Libya, during talks between UNSMIL (United Nations Support Mission in Libya) and the conflicting parties on October 19, 2020.

The rival camps in the civil war in Libya have agreed on a truce. The acting UN envoy for Libya, Stephanie Williams, said on Wednesday immediately after the signing of an agreement in Geneva. The moment will go down in history, Williams said.

military representatives of Prime Minister Fajis al-Sarradsch and General Chalifa Haftar have been in Geneva since Monday to prepare political talks about the future of Libya. These talks are scheduled to begin in Tunisia in November.

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Five military representatives from each side were involved in the Geneva talks. Therefore the conversations were called 5 + 5. The format was agreed at the Berlin Libya Conference in January .

The negotiators had already agreed on modalities for the oil production in the past few days in order to be able to expand production again. There was also an agreement to open roads and air connections between the regions.


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They also want to take action against people who spread hate speech and fuel conflicts on social media. Williams had condemned the presence of foreign militiamen.

"The level of foreign intervention is unacceptable," she said. "These countries have to keep their hands off Libya." At the beginning of the week she emphasized that foreign fighters would have to leave the country under UN supervision within 90 days as soon as a ceasefire was reached.

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So far, all efforts to achieve peace in Libya have been unsuccessful.

A civil war has been raging in the North African country since the overthrow of long-term ruler Muammar al-Gaddafi in 2011, with Western help.

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The internationally recognized Sarradsch government with Based in the capital Tripoli, it is fighting for power with Haftar and a counter-parliament in Tobruk in eastern Libya.

There are also conflicts within the respective camps. Conflict is fueled by foreign states , which send weapons, mercenaries and other equipment into the country. All international efforts to resolve the conflict have so far been unsuccessful. (dpa)

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