The rival camps in Libya’s civil war have agreed on a ceasefire. Acting UN envoy to Libya, Stephanie Williams, said Wednesday right after the signing of an agreement in Geneva. The moment will go down in history, Williams said.
Military representatives of Prime Minister Fajis al-Sarradsch and General Khalifa Haftar have been in Geneva since Monday to prepare political talks on the future of Libya. These talks will start in Tunisia in November.
Five military representatives from both sides were involved in the Geneva talks. That is why the conversations were called 5 + 5. The format was agreed at the conference on Libya in Berlin in January.
The negotiators had already agreed modalities for oil production in recent days in order to be able to expand production again. There was also an agreement to open roads and air links between the regions.
They also want to take action against people who spread hate speech and fuel conflict on social media. Williams had condemned the presence of foreign militiamen.
“The level of foreign intervention is unacceptable,” she said. “These countries must stay away from Libya.” At the beginning of the week, she stressed that foreign fighters should leave the country under UN supervision within 90 days once a ceasefire is reached.
So far all attempts to achieve peace in Libya have been unsuccessful
Civil war has been raging in the North African country since the overthrow of long-term ruler Muammar al-Gaddafi in 2011 with Western help.
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Based in the capital Tripoli, the internationally recognized Sarradsch government is vying for power with Haftar and a counter-parliament in Tobruk in eastern Libya.
There are also conflicts within the respective camps. The conflict is fueled by foreign states sending weapons, mercenaries and other equipment into the country. All international efforts to resolve the conflict have so far been unsuccessful. (dpa)