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Switzerland: UN envoy announces agreements between Libya's warring parties at Geneva talks02:47

Switzerland: UN envoy announces agreements between Libya's warring parties at Geneva talks

Switzerland, Geneva
October 21, 2020 at 11:00 GMT +00:00 · Published

The warring sides in Libya have agreed on several issues that "directly impact the lives and welfare of the Libyan people," the UN envoy for Libya Stephanie Turco Williams announced at a news conference in Geneva on Wednesday.

Williams said that the agreements include the opening of land and air routes to help kickstart Libya's economy and measures to resume "full resumption of oil production."

"The two sides also agreed to support and continue the current state of calm on the frontlines and to avoid any military escalation," Williams told the press, adding that the parties accepted "the need to end the use of inflammatory and escalatory media rhetoric, to halt the use of hate speech."

The remarks come after two days of the first face-to-face meetings between delegations of the so-called 5+5 Joint Military Commission, made up of five high-ranking officers from each side of the conflict in Libya.

Libyan National Army (LNA) forces, led by Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar are based in Benghazi, with the parliament in Tobruk, and the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, is based in Tripoli. Libya has been torn by conflict since the ousting of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Switzerland: UN envoy announces agreements between Libya's warring parties at Geneva talks02:47
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The warring sides in Libya have agreed on several issues that "directly impact the lives and welfare of the Libyan people," the UN envoy for Libya Stephanie Turco Williams announced at a news conference in Geneva on Wednesday.

Williams said that the agreements include the opening of land and air routes to help kickstart Libya's economy and measures to resume "full resumption of oil production."

"The two sides also agreed to support and continue the current state of calm on the frontlines and to avoid any military escalation," Williams told the press, adding that the parties accepted "the need to end the use of inflammatory and escalatory media rhetoric, to halt the use of hate speech."

The remarks come after two days of the first face-to-face meetings between delegations of the so-called 5+5 Joint Military Commission, made up of five high-ranking officers from each side of the conflict in Libya.

Libyan National Army (LNA) forces, led by Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar are based in Benghazi, with the parliament in Tobruk, and the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, is based in Tripoli. Libya has been torn by conflict since the ousting of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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