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UNSMIL: Libyan 5+5 military talks resulted in agreement to uphold ceasefire

The UN acting envoy to Libya Stephanie Williams said Libyan parties had agreed to stop “war of words and offensive as well as hate speeches” in their 5+5 military talks in Geneva.

Williams added in a press conference on Wednesday that trust building measures started to take shape between the parties.

“The 5+5 agreed on the need to end the use of inflammatory and escalatory media rhetoric, to halt the use of hate speech and they urged the judicial authorities to take the necessary deterrence measures to hold accountable the channels and social media platforms promoting hate speech and incite for violence, while ensuring that freedom of expression and speech is protected.” The UNSMIL said.

The UN acting envoy also said that the parties of the 5+5 military talks agreed to reopen all roads and highways, especially those lading to Sabha city in southern Libya.

“The 5+5 have agreed to the opening of the land routes that connect all the regions and cities of Libya. The parties agreed to initiate joint security arrangements with a special focus on the road for the land routes from Shuwerif to Sebha to Murzuq, from Abu Grein to Jufra and the coastal road from Misrata to Sirte and onwards to Ajdabiya. The 5+5 agreed to the opening of air routes throughout Libya, especially flights to Sebha, which is the administrative capital of the region.” A statement by the UNMSIL explained.

According to Williams, the parties of the Libyan 5+5 military talks also agreed to uphold the ceasefire on all fighting frontlines.

“With regard to the issue of the full resumption of oil production, the two sides agreed to delegate the commanders of the petroleum facilities guards from the east and west to work directly with a representative appointed by the National Oil Corporation to present a recommendation for the restructuring of the Petroleum Facilities Guards which will ensure the increase and continuation of the flow of oil.” The UNSMIL indicated.

It added that the agreements reached by the two sides in the last two days are based on the recommendations put forward by the joint military and security committee that met last month in the Egyptian city of Hurghada. 

The two sides will take up the issue of arrangements for Libya’s central region, paving the way for a ceasefire agreement. 

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