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Libyan conflict parties to present a draft cease-fire in Geneva (UN)

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The two parties to the Libyan conflict presented a draft ceasefire agreement stipulating that the United Nations oversee the safe return of civilians displaced by the fighting, the International Organization announced Monday.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya has stated that it will facilitate the ceasefire alongside a military committee comprising members of both parties.

The announcement came after a second round of indirect military talks that took place in Geneva between the Libyan National Accord government and the forces of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, which is based in eastern Libya, a stronghold.

The talks, under the auspices of the United Nations envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salameh, are aimed at achieving a permanent cessation of hostilities that have killed more than a thousand people and displaced about 140,000 since last April, according to the United Nations.

Several rounds of previous talks have taken place in Egypt and Tunisia focused on economic issues including the distribution of Libyan oil revenues, while talks aimed at a political solution are scheduled to start in Geneva on Wednesday.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya confirmed that the parties “prepared a draft ceasefire agreement to facilitate the safe return of civilians to their areas while implementing a joint monitoring mechanism.”

Its statement added that “the two parties agreed to submit a draft agreement to their leaders for further consultations and to meet again next month.”

The next meeting is to be concerned with setting reference frameworks for the committee concerned with implementing the agreement, according to the statement.

Libya has plunged into turmoil since its leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed in an uprising that began in 2011 and was backed by NATO, at a time when armed factions are still fighting for power.

Haftar launched his attack on Tripoli last April, but his forces have been unable to advance since its rapid arrival at the outskirts of the capital, the headquarters of the Al-Wefaq government.

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