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Libya’s warring sides meet for face-to-face talks

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Three-day assembly of the joint army fee comes weeks after rival sides signed ceasefire settlement.

The United Nations says army officers from Libya’s warring sides have arrived within the oasis city of Ghadames for the primary face-to-face talks contained in the nation since final yr’s months-long assault on the capital by eastern-based forces.

The three-day assembly that started on Monday is anticipated to deal with the implementation of the ceasefire settlement reached final month between the internationally recognised authorities in Tripoli and renegade army commander Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled Libyan Nationwide Military.

The UN’s Libya envoy Stephanie Williams can be current on the talks in Ghadames, situated some 465km (290 miles) southwest of Tripoli, removed from the ability bases of both aspect.

A serious oil producer, Libya has been wracked by violence since a NATO-backed rebellion in 2011 overthrew and killed veteran chief Muammar Gaddafi.

Since then, the North African nation has been dominated by armed teams, riven by native conflicts and divided between two bitterly opposed administrations: Tripoli’s UN-brokered Authorities of Nationwide Accord (GNA), headed by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, and a rival administration within the east affiliated with Haftar.

 

The assembly of the joint army fee follows an October 23 deal when the 2 warring factions signed a “everlasting” ceasefire deal meant to pave the way in which in direction of a political resolution to the nation’s grinding battle.

The talks are a part of long-running efforts to dealer peace.

Haftar, backed by Egypt, Russia and the United Arab Emirates, launched an offensive on Tripoli in April 2019, however was crushed again in June by the GNA with army help from Turkey.

Warring factions returned to the negotiating desk in September in UN-supported talks, with negotiations being held in Morocco, Egypt and Switzerland.

On November 9, the political leaders are resulting from maintain face-to-face talks in Tunisia.

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