Government & Politics

Ceasefire agreement reached in Libya’s capital Tripoli

An agreement on a ceasefire in Tripoli has been reached under the auspices of the United Nations Special Envoy for Libya Dr. Ghassan Salame, the top United Nations official in Libya, the UN Support Mission in the country (UNSMIL) has announced.

According to a statement issued on Tuesday, UNSMIL thanked the Libyan parties who accepted its invitation for dialogue and congratulated them on reaching a ceasefire agreement to end the fighting afflicting Tripoli since August 26. It said that the agreement was signed under the auspices of UN Special Envoy Salame.

The deal was signed by representatives of the Government of National Accord (GNA), military commanders, security apparatuses and armed groups present in and around Tripoli. It aims to end all hostilities, protect civilians, safeguard public and private property and ensure the reopening of Meitiga airport as well as all roads in and out of the capital.

The Mission will reach out to other parties who expressed interest in joining the ceasefire but were unable to attend, and commits to continue facilitations to strengthen the ceasefire and discuss the appropriate security arrangements in the capital, the statement read.

It pointed out that the special envoy will continue to offer good offices and work with all parties to reach a lasting political agreement acceptable to all to avoid further loss of lives and for the benefit of the Libyan people.

The Libyan authorities said on Tuesday that at least 50 people, including civilians, have been killed and 138 others wounded across residential areas of the capital and its environs since fighting between rival armed groups escalated last week.

Source: International Islamic News Agency