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Monday, January 18, 2021

UN Declares Permanent Ceasefire Deal in Libya

The United Nations announced on Friday that warring factions in Libya agreed to sign a permanent ceasefire deal, describing it as “an important turning point towards peace and stability” in the war-torn North African nation.

The United Nations announced on Friday that warring factions in Libya agreed to sign a permanent ceasefire deal, describing it as “an important turning point towards peace and stability” in the war-torn North African nation.

The diplomatic agreement, which has been brokered by the UN, is seen as a “historic achievement” by the intergovernmental organization.

“At 11:15 am (0915 GMT) this morning here at the UN headquarters in Geneva, the two Libyan delegations… signed a complete, countrywide and permanent ceasefire agreement with immediate effect,” said Stephanie Turco Williams, the top U.N. envoy for Libya.

According to Williams, the rival parties agreed to make all of their “military units and armed groups on the front lines” to return to their camps.

All mercenaries and foreign fighters are required to depart from “all Libyan territory, land, air and sea within a maximum period of three months” starting on Friday.

Despite the UN’s breakthrough in its peace initiatives, many politicians and critics are still skeptic if Libya could truly achieve a lasting peace.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also raised his concerns regarding the viability of the truce which has been reached between Libya’s two rival factions, one of whom is supported by Turkey.

“Today’s ceasefire agreement was actually not made at the highest level, it was at a lower level. Time will tell whether it will last,” Erdogan said on Friday.

For now, Williams said that UN hopes this agreement would succeed “in ending the suffering of Libyans and allowing those displaced by the conflict to return to their homes.”

According to her, “the road to a permanent cease-fire deal was often long and difficult,” but they must stay committed in their work in order “to give people hope of a better future.”

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