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UNSMIL aims to turn Eid truce into permanent ceasefire

The United Nations Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has announced that it intends to turn the temporary truce between the conflicting parties in Libya into a permanent ceasefire.

The mission said in a Wednesday statement that it had monitored a clear decline in violence in Tripoli during the truce, and commended the positive response by both parties, despite the limited violations observed.

UNSMIL welcomed the international community’s declarations of support for the truce and renewed the SRSG’s proposal to convene a meeting of concerned countries.

The international community should work on guarantees for a permanent ceasefire, a call for upholding the arms embargo, and a commitment to return in good faith to a U.N.-sponsored comprehensive political process to end the Libyan conflict.

On August 9, the Government of National Accord promptly responded to the mission’s call and announced a unilateral cessation of hostilities in all areas of clashes, under the condition that the Libyan National Army ceases all ground and air operations including reconnaissance flights as well as the movements and mobilization of forces.

The Libyan National Army on August 10, after the expiration of the Mission’s publicly declared deadline, announced the halt of military operations only in the suburbs of Tripoli for the duration of 48 hours starting at 15:00 on the same day, thus setting its own time window.

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