UNSMIL regrets Eid al-Adha truce was not conceded

The United Nations Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) expressed regret on Saturday that it did not receive an approval from all Libyan factions regarding a truce during Eid al-Adha.

“While UNSMIL regrets that it did not receive what it was hoping for, for the sake of the Libyan people and their interests, it calls on all parties to respect the sanctity of the Eid and to allow the Libyan people to celebrate this occasion and permit the safe return of the pilgrims to the country” UNSMIL stated in a statement.

It added that following its call for a humanitarian truce on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, UNSMIL received a response from the Government of National Accord (GNA) declaring its agreement on a truce, but has not received any response from the leadership of the Libyan National Army thus far.

UNSMIL added that it had hoped for a mutually concurrent agreement to the truce, “but one of the parties has refused to take this course for their own reasons.”

On Friday night, Libya’s Presidency Council (PC) announced 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.


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