UN calls on parties in Libya to respect ceasefire


The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has called on all parties instead to continue to respect the recently announced ceasefire.

“For the sake of civilians in Tripoli, hundreds of thousands fleeing their homes and 116,000 children unable to attend education, the UN calls on the parties to continue to respect the declared ceasefire,” UNSMIL said in a post on Twitter.

The leader of illegitimate armed forces in eastern Libya, Khalifa Haftar, as well as Fayez al-Sarraj, head of the UN-recognized National Reconciliation Government (GNA), accepted the joint call of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin. for a ceasefire.

The ceasefire took effect at midnight on Sunday and the decision was celebrated with fireworks in Tripoli.

UNSMIL has called on the warring parties “to enable diplomatic efforts to achieve a permanent cessation of military operations and a return to the political process”.

Today Haftar left Russia without signing a ceasefire agreement with al-Sarraj, as he reportedly deployed his forces to resume attacks in Tripoli.

In April, Haftar launched a military campaign to invade Tripoli from the GNA. According to UN data, more than 1,000 people have been killed since the start of the operation and more than 5,000 have been injured.

Since the overthrow of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, two governments have emerged in Libya, one east of Libya largely supported by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, to which General Haftar is also associated, and another. in Tripoli, which enjoys international recognition of the UN.


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