UN call for a “neutral monitoring mechanism” for a ceasefire in Libya


The United Nations called on Monday for a “neutral monitoring mechanism” for a continued ceasefire in Libya for the second consecutive day.

On the Turkish-Russian initiative, a ceasefire between the forces of the internationally recognized Libyan National Accord government and the forces of retired Major General Khalifa Hifter, who is contesting the government over the legitimacy and authority of the oil-rich country, began on Sunday.

“The mission considers the Moscow meeting (with the participation of two delegations from Libya, Turkey and Russia) on Libya” a positive step towards the Berlin International Conference on Libya (on January 19), “said Jan El Alam, official of the media office at the United Nations Support Mission in Libya. .

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, announced on Monday evening, that the Libyan Prime Minister, Fayez Al-Sarraj, and the head of the Libyan Supreme State Council, Khaled al-Mashri, signed a draft text on how to cease fire, while the Haftar delegation and the Speaker of the House of Representatives in Tobruk requested (Sharq), Aqeela Saleh, until Tuesday morning.

Al-Alam added, to the Russian news agency “Sputnik”, that the Berlin conference can lead to a permanent ceasefire, but it is important to find a neutral monitoring mechanism, to ensure its continuation.

Germany invited 10 countries to participate in the Berlin conference, which are the five permanent members of the Security Council (the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France), in addition to Turkey, Egypt, the UAE, Germany and Italy.


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