Libya rivals ‘agree return to ceasefire dialogue’
June 03 2020 01:28 AM
Fighters loyal to the internationally recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) are pictured during clashes with forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar in an area south of the capital Tripoli.


The United Nations’ Libya mission said yesterday the country’s warring parties had agreed to restart talks aimed at reaching a lasting ceasefire, after a three-month suspension.
In a statement, UNSMIL “welcomed” moves by the Government of National Accord and forces backing eastern-based military commander Khalifa Haftar to accept “restarting negotiations on a ceasefire and the related security arrangements”.
Pro-Haftar forces have been battling since April last year to seize the capital Tripoli from the UN-recognised GNA, in fighting that has left hundreds dead and forced 200,000 to flee their homes.
A military commission made up of five GNA loyalists and five Haftar delegates held talks in February, but the dialogue was suspended.
A January truce brokered by GNA backer Turkey and key Haftar ally Russia has been repeatedly violated.
Neither side immediately commented on the UN statement.
Haftar’s rapid advance on Tripoli last year stalled to a bloody stalemate on the edges of the capital.
In recent weeks, GNA forces buoyed by Turkish drones and air defence systems have taken back a string of coastal towns and a key airbase, 
The UN mission urged “states backing either of the belligerents to respect what was agreed at the Berlin conference” in late January, where world leaders committed to ending all foreign meddling in Libya and to uphold a much-violated arms embargo.

Last updated: June 03 2020 01:35 AM

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