UNSMIL Welcomes Resumption of 5+5 Joint Military Commission Talks

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On Tuesday, The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) welcomed the approval by the Government of National Accord (GNA), and the Libyan National Army (LNA) to resume ceasefire talks.

The talks will be based on the draft agreement presented to the two parties during the 5 + 5 Joint Military Commission talks, held on 23 February 2020 in Geneva.

In a statement, UNSMIL said that the return of the two Libyan warring parties to dialogue was in response to calls by the vast majority of Libyans, who are eager to establish a safe and dignified life.

The UN mission voiced its hope that the LNA and the GNA would effectively stop all hostilities in order to reach a lasting solution to the crisis.

It also hoped that all Libyan and international parties would respond to the desire of the Libyan people to end the fighting and announce a humanitarian truce, paving the way for a permanent ceasefire agreement in the country.

The mission added that reaching a ceasefire would allow both governments to unite their efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The statement stressed that intervening states must abide by what they agreed upon at the Berlin Conference.

The mission also expressed its appreciation to the countries that worked for the successful return to military negotiations.