UNSMIL Praises LNA-GNA Commitment To 5+5 Joint Military Talks


On Wednesday, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) announced that both the Libyan National Army (LNA) and the Government of National Accord (GNA) delegations were fully engaged in the third round of talks of the 5+5 Joint Military Commission (JMC).

UNSMIL convened a meeting with the LNA delegation on 3 June and another meeting with the GNA delegation on 9 June. In a statement, the Mission said that both meetings – which were conducted virtually – had been productive, noting that they have discussed the latest developments on the ground in Libya.

It added that the two parties are set submit their comments on the draft ceasefire agreement that was presented to them by the Mission on 23 February. It called on both parties to de-escalate in order to avoid further civilian casualties and new waves of displacement.

The Mission also voiced its concerns regarding reports on the escalation and mobilization in and around the city of Sirte. Between 5-8 June, UNSMIL verified at least 19 civilian deaths, including three women and five children. It also recorded 12 civilian injuries in at least three locations outside Sirte, caused by airstrikes and grad missiles.