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Libya military rivals hold UN-sponsored talks

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The UN logo is pictured prior a press conference of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on the Publication of the Global Investment Trends Monitor at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 18 January 2019.

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After almost a year of fighting, Libya’s two rival governments began talks aimed at securing a ceasefire.
Military officers from Libya’s UN-backed government, GNA, and representatives of the rival militia of warlord Khalifa Haftar, LNA, began meeting in Geneva on Monday in a UN-sponsored joint military commission.
In recent months, Russia and Turkey have been mediating for a ceasefire, which Haftar rejected. Last month, at a summit in Berlin, world leaders committed to ending all foreign interference and to upholding a weapons embargo to end the conflict.
Ghassan Salame, the UN envoy to Libya, said the discussions would focus on the necessary conditions to implement the ceasefire and on which role the UN would play: “It is, after all, a decision that needs to be taken by the Libyans themselves: what kind of monitors they want for the ceasefire”, he said, and added:
“Mercenaries and weapons continue to enter Libya. I have asked the Security Council the swift adoption of a resolution that would endorse the decisions taken in Berlin and, in particular, to implement the sanctions against violations of the arms embargo”.
Analysts, however, are skeptical about the results, as they believe that the problem lies with the interference of foreign powers on the players, regardless of the Libyans’ willingness to come to an agreement.

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