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Switzerland: Libya’s warring sides sign 'countrywide and permanent' ceasefire deal - UN04:21

Switzerland: Libya’s warring sides sign 'countrywide and permanent' ceasefire deal - UN

Switzerland, Geneva
October 23, 2020 at 11:06 GMT +00:00 · Published

Libya's warring sides signed a "countrywide and permanent" ceasefire deal with immediate effect, the United Nations said in Geneva on Friday.

"Today is a good day for the Libyan people. At 11.15 a.m. this morning, here in the UN headquarters in Geneva, the two Libyan delegations to the 5+5 Joint Military Commission talks signed a complete, countrywide and permanent ceasefire agreement with immediate effect," announced the UN envoy for Libya, Stephanie Turco Williams.

The announcement of a ceasefire comes after four 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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Libya's warring sides signed a "countrywide and permanent" ceasefire deal with immediate effect, the United Nations said in Geneva on Friday.

"Today is a good day for the Libyan people. At 11.15 a.m. this morning, here in the UN headquarters in Geneva, the two Libyan delegations to the 5+5 Joint Military Commission talks signed a complete, countrywide and permanent ceasefire agreement with immediate effect," announced the UN envoy for Libya, Stephanie Turco Williams.

The announcement of a ceasefire comes after four 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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