Pompeo Welcomes Resumption of UN Ceasefire Talks in Libya


On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed the resumption of talks led by the United Nations between Libya’s warring parties. He called for speedy negotiations to achieve a ceasefire.

“The agreement between the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA) to re-enter UN security talks was a good first step, very positive,” Pompeo said in a news conference.

“Quick and good-faith negotiations are now required to implement a ceasefire and relaunch the UN led intra-Libyan political talks,” he added.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) announced on 2 June that the two sides had agreed to restart ceasefire talks. Libya’s conflict has recently shifted as the GNA, with Turkish military support, reclaimed a number of cities amid heavy clashes with the LNA.