Libya’s Presidency Council accepts UNSMIL truce during Eid al-Adha

Libya’s Presidency Council (PC) announced Friday night accepting the proposed truce by U.N. envoy Ghassan Salame during Eid al-Adha Sunday-Wednesday.

The PC, however, said the U.N. should guarantee that no military attacks will take place during the truce to achieve military progress, and prohibit all warplane activities in the country.

The PC demanded that the truce not be used move any military columns or make any military build-ups.

The response of the PC, led by Prime Minister Faiez al-Sarraj, is the first official one to the truce proposal; the Libyan National Army (LNA) still has not announce any stance.

Salame, earlier, expressed his optimism over a truce in Libya during Eid al-Adha as he received “positive reaction” from various Libyan parties to the call.

In a press statement to Anatolia news agency, Salame said the other Libyan parties call for guarantees to agree on the truce.

He added that holding a truce is part of his three-stage plan to put an end to the violence and bloodshed in Libya, which include holding a truce during Eid al-Adha, convening an international meeting and bringing the warring Libyan parties together.

On Tuesday, the U.N. Security Council called for a truce in conflict-afflicted Libya for the upcoming Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha.


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