Conflicting Libyan parties reach agreement on "important issues": UN official

Source: Xinhua| 2020-10-21 22:05:31|Editor: huaxia

GENEVA, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- After two days of face-to-face direct talks between the two Libyan delegations to the 5+5 Joint Military Commission, the two sides have reached an agreement on several "important issues" which directly impact the lives and welfare of the Libyan people, a UN envoy said here on Wednesday.

Stephanie Williams, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Support Mission for Libya (UNSMIL), told a press conference that the two sides will continue talks on issues to pave the way for a ceasefire agreement.

According to Williams, the two Libyan delegations have agreed to the opening of the land routes that connect all the regions and cities of Libya, which will have a direct and material positive impact on the lives of the Libyan people.

They have also agreed to the opening of air routes throughout Libya, and especially flights to Sebha, which is the administrative capital of the southern Libyan region.

The delegations also agreed upon the need to halt the use of hate speech, and to support the current state of calm on the front lines and to avoid any military escalation, as well as to support efforts towards the exchange of detainees.

"These agreements reached by the two sides in the last two days are based on the recommendations that were put forward by the Joint Military and Security Committee that met last month in the Egyptian city of Hurgada," Williams said.

She also told reporters that UNSMIL is in the final stages of preparations for the launch of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, with the virtual preparatory meeting of the forum to take place on Oct. 26, and the in-person meeting to take place in Tunis beginning on Nov. 9.

The fourth round of the 5+5 Libyan Joint Military Commission talks began on Monday in Geneva and is expected to continue until Oct. 24.

Five senior officers appointed by Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) and five senior officers appointed by the Libyan National Army (LNA) are participating in the talks. Enditem