UN mission in Libya welcomes eid truce, calls for permanent ceasefire 



The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said it welcomed the implementation of truce during the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha and proposes a lasting ceasefire.

UNSMIL made this known in a statement on Wednesday.

“UNSMIL welcomes the international community’s declarations of support for the truce and renews the SRSG’s (Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya) proposal to convene a meeting of concerned countries.

“The international community should work towards providing guarantees for a permanent ceasefire, a call for upholding the arms embargo, and a commitment to return in good faith to a UN-sponsored comprehensive political process to end the Libyan conflict,” he said.

UNSMIL said that in spite of the decrease in violence during the truce, the mission received reports of violations, including the launching of rockets toward the Mitiga Airport on Sunday.

In addition, the ceasefire was violated in southwest Libya, where at least seven people were killed and wounding 54 others.

The mission said that the head of UNSMIL, Ghassan Salame was ready to transform the temporary truce into a permanent ceasefire and facilitate the exchange of prisoners in cooperation with the warring parties and Libyan social leaders.


(Edited by Emmanuel Yashim)

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