Arab League reiterates call for ceasefire in Libya

The Arab League has renewed its call for a permanent cessation of military operations in Libya through the ongoing 5+5 military commission talks in Geneva under the auspices of the United Nations.

In a statement on Tuesday, the pan-Arab organization hailed the progress made at the second round of the 5+5 Libyan Joint Military Commission (JMC) talks that were concluded on Sunday in Geneva.

The Arab League also welcomed the announcement by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) that the Libyan parties came up with a draft cease-fire agreement to facilitate the return of displaced people.

It urged the Libyan parties involved in the talks to urgently resume discussions on the draft in order to endorse it and agree on permanent and comprehensive arrangements to enforce and monitor the ceasefire.

Meanwhile, the Head of the Government of National Accord’s negotiation team at the 5+5 talks in Geneva, Ahmed Abu Shahma, said they hadn’t signed an agreement on any drafts in Geneva, adding that their conditions that include the withdrawal f Haftar’s militias to before-April positions remained the crux point for any deals forward.

UNSMIL announced on Monday that GNA and Haftar’s militias prepared a draft ceasefire agreement to facilitate the safe return of civilians to their houses with the implementation of a joint monitoring mechanism under the auspices of UNSMIL and the JMC.


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