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UN envoy praises “progress” towards a cease-fire in Libya

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Ghassan Salameh, the UN envoy to Libya announced Thursday in Geneva that the parties to the conflict in this country have made “progress” towards a permanent ceasefire, but some “points of disagreement” remain.

“There has been progress in many important issues, and there is convergence in several areas,” Salameh told reporters on the fourth day of negotiations between military officials representing the Libyan parties.

But he noted the need for “clarifications in our final project” and for the settlement of “two or three points that are at issue” to reach an agreement that requires the approval of the authorities of both sides.

UN envoy praises progress towards a cease fire in Libya
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The forces of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar have launched an attack against the forces of the Libyan reconciliation government led by Fayez al-Sarraj since April in an attempt to seize the capital, Tripoli.

For the first time, military officials representing the two sides began indirect negotiations on Monday in Geneva, to be concluded at the end of the week.

On Wednesday, Salameh praised the two parties for agreeing to turn the “armistice” into a “permanent ceasefire”, although its details have not yet been determined.

He regretted the continued sending of weapons and foreign fighters to Libya, despite the fact that an international conference held in Berlin on January 19 requested an end to this.

In New York, Russia on Wednesday suspended a British-drafted resolution on Libya, refusing to include a reference to “mercenaries”, diplomats said.

Moscow accuses it of supporting the transfer of thousands of mercenaries from the private security company “Wagner” alongside Haftar’s forces, but it denies this.

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