UNSMIL Commends Positive Progress of Libyan Rivals’ Meeting

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On Monday, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya revealed that the fifth round of the Joint Military Committee (5+5) meeting has made significant progress towards implementing the terms of the ceasefire agreement.

Stephanie Williams, Acting Special Representative of the UN to Libya explained in a press conference that there is agreement and significant progress in the meeting of the ten officers in Ghadames.

“The meeting was very encouraging, and it must be transferred to the political phase preparing to start the Forum for Political Dialogue in Tunisia,” Williams said.

The details of the agreement were not revealed, but she indicated on Tuesday, that the details of implementing the agreement will be launched.

“The Libyan officers took the initiative to hold their meeting inside Libya in a spirit of national responsibility in order to discuss the details of implementing the terms of the permanent ceasefire agreement,” Williams added.

The city of Ghadames, located in southwestern Libya, is currently hosting the fifth round of talks for the 5+5 Joint Military Committee for the first time in Libya until 4th November. The talks started on 2nd November, under the auspices of the United Nations.

The two delegations of the Libyan Joint Military Committee signed a permanent ceasefire agreement in Libya more than a week ago at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva.

The Libyan political parties are preparing to hold a first round of negotiations in Tunisia on 9th November.

Libya is suffering from security chaos and power struggle between the Tripoli-based government and the Interim government in the east of the country supported by the Libyan Parliament and the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.