UN envoy to Libya: 5+5 military commission meetings have made "some progress"

UN envoy to Libya: 5+5 military commission meetings have made "some progress"

February 06, 2020 - 21:12
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame said in a press conference in Geneva that the meetings of the Libyan 5+5 military commission made progress in certain issues related to the conflict, adding that they still have a lot to negotiate about in upcoming meetings between the rival Libyan parties.

Salame added on Thursday that he was happy with the progress made in three days of negotiations, saying he hopes better feasible results will come later, saying both parties will return to Libya to discuss the results with their leaderships.

Salame told reporters that both parties believe in the importance of turning the truce to a permanent ceasefire, which is the core of the military track led by the UNSMIL, which is trying to implement the conclusions of Berlin conference that was held on January 19.

"The meetings between the two parties in Geneva weren't face to face. We have been trying to reach agreement on a permanent ceasefire and many points were agreed upon by the parties, yet this needs more commitments." Salame said.

He added that the Geneva talks aim to reach a ceasefire and allow IDPs to return to their houses, in addition to reaching agreements about the heavy weapons and the fate of armed groups, saying the talks started with both sides very distant from each other, yet they managed to teach a common ground on many points.

"Economic track talks will start on February 09 in Cairo, while the political track negotiations will kick off on February 26 in Geneva. We hope all invited personalities participate actively in these dialogues. The economic track will discuss oil blockade ramifications and the demands of the protesters for mechanisms of revenue distribution. The UNSMIL is working on resuming oil production but not at the 5+5 military commission meetings in Geneva." Salame explained.