Pompeo Welcomes Resumption of UN Ceasefire Talks in Libya

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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.