Published: August 10, 2019
Libya Govt. of National Accord Accepts UN Truce ‘with Conditions’
Fighters loyal to Libya’s GNA hold a position west of the city of Aziziah, some 60 kilometers southwest of the capital Tripoli. (AFP)
The Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) announced Friday it was ready to accept “with conditions” the United Nations-proposed truce in fighting around Tripoli on the occasion of the Eid al-Adha holiday.
The GNA said it was keen to "ease the suffering of the citizens and allow rescue workers to accomplish their mission".
Therefore it said it "accepted a humanitarian truce for Eid al-Adha," which will be celebrated in Libya on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
But it listed "four conditions".
It said the ceasefire must be observed "in all combat zones, with a cessation of direct and indirect fire and movement of troops".
It said the truce must include "a ban on flights and reconnaissance overflights across the entire (Libyan) airspace as well as a halt to flights from airbases".
The UN had called on the Libyan National Army and Tripoli-based GNA to commit to a humanitarian truce by midnight on Friday.
The LNA has yet to comment on the truce proposal.
The LNA had launched an operation against Tripoli to cleanse it of criminal and terrorist gangs in April.
Over the past four months, 1,093 people have been killed in fighting, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
UN envoy Ghassan Salame has already called several times for humanitarian truces, without success.
In a video conference with the UN Security Council late last month, Salame warned against mounting tensions and called for a ceasefire for Eid al-Adha. source