The warring parties in Libya on Friday signed a national and permanent ceasefire with “immediate effect” after years of fighting, the UN Support Mission in Libya (Manul) said. Proof that the will is strong on all sides: a plane that left Tripoli landed safely in Benghazi. In more than a year, it is the first commercial flight that has managed to make this route.
After five days of talks in Geneva, following months of underground negotiations, “the Libyan parties have reached a permanent ceasefire agreement throughout Libya. This achievement represents an important turning point towards peace and stability in Libya, ”MINUL posted on Facebook. The signing of the agreement, held in the room of the Palais-des-Nations in Geneva, which is used for the regular meetings of the Conference on Disarmament, lasted about ten minutes, followed by a round of applause.
“I want to congratulate you on what you have accomplished here. It took a lot of courage. You have come together for the good of Libya, for your people in order to take concrete measures to end their suffering ”, greeted Stephanie Turco Williams, interim head of Manul, in Arabic.
Plunged into chaos since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011, Libya is today torn between two rival powers: the Government of National Unity (GNA), recognized by the UN and based in Tripoli, and the Libyan National Army (ANL) led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar, a strong man from the East supported by part of the elected Parliament and its president, Aguila Saleh. The fighting has killed hundreds and forced tens of thousands of civilians to flee.
Political talks are due to start next month in Tunisia, but the agreement already provides that all foreign fighters must leave Libyan territory within three months. Similarly, it was decided on Wednesday “the opening of land routes connecting all regions and cities of Libya”, with “joint security devices”, which explains the landing of the Tripol-Benghazi flight.
The two sides also agreed to increase oil production, asking their commanders “to work with the representative of the National Oil Corporation (NOC, the public company) to propose a restructuring of the guards of the oil installations” .
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