Live score: Liverpool v Burnley (English Premier League)    UK refuses to grant EU diplomats full status, sparking row: BBC    Amid crippling sanctions, Iran traders seek lifeline in Iraq    On Britain's COVID-19 frontline, medics and patients fight for life    Military helicopter crash kills 3 in training exercise in NY    Dubai cancels non-essential surgery, live entertainment as COVID-19 cases surge    Four-game suspension of Ahly keeper El-Shennawi cut to one    Real Madrid sent packing from Cup by tiny Alcoyano    Egypt reports 789 new coronavirus cases, 51 deaths on Wednesday    In Photos: AfCFTA delegation visits Egypt's Suez Canal Economic Zone    UK Export Finance unlocks trade to Egypt with £1.7 billion guarantee    Donald Trump says goodbye to the White House    BREAKING: Egypt resumes diplomatic relations with Qatar ending 4-year boycott    EFG Hermes to win fresh approval for EGP 170 mln securitized bond issuance soon    Egypt reports 899 new coronavirus cases, 58 deaths on Tuesday    Egypt's economy demonstrated resilience despite pandemic's economic repercussions, says Sisi    Back, and better    Leading change    Egypt's newly elected parliament reviews the government reform plan    Steeling for liquidation    Happy New Year Bel Araby show at The Marquee Theatre is a must go    Isis Temple reopens    New discoveries at Saqqara    Egypt's securities issuance drops by 14.5%, financial market performance improves in 2020    Egypt sends medical supplies to help Jordan battle coronavirus    Egypt supports tourism, aviation sectors with EGP 5bn during COVID19 crisis    Egypt government allocates $1.6 billion to buy COVID-19 vaccines – FinMin    Egypt eyes gradual return for tourism after revenues fall to $4 bln in 2020    Seasoned Egyptian screenwriter Wahid Hamed dies at 76    Coronavirus strikes Egypt's youth team as 17 players, coach test positive    Nassef Sawiris plans to up his stake in owner of New York Knicks, Rangers    Cairo International Book Fair suspended for five months over coronavirus concerns    Egypt unveils largest archaeological discovery in 2020 with over 100 intact sarcophagi    Trump says won't blame Egypt for being ‘upset' over GERD dispute with Ethiopia    Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan to resume Nile dam talks today    Global Finance: Egypt's Tarek Amer among the world's top 20 central bank governors    The Facebook Preacher's Search for Fame, and Egypt's Economy    Egypt calls on UNSC to address oil spill risks off Yemen coast    Egypt economically strong in face of COVID-19, reforms ongoing: International Cooperation Minister    Arafa Holding reports $144,000 COVID-19-related losses in April    Egypt's efforts in Libya to activate free will of Libyan people: Al-Sisi    Hyksos campaigns were internal takeover, not foreign invaders: study    COVID-19 affects Egypt sporting clubs    COVID-19 will soon turn to seasonal like swine flu: Presidential Health Advisor    ‘Egypt's Support' coalition convenes to discuss its Senate election list    Robbery attempt leads to discovery of Ptolemaic monuments in Qena    Flouting international guidance, Ethiopia unilaterally starts filling its Nile dam    Zaha speaks out after online racial abuse    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





Libya's rivals urge Security Council to back cease-fire
Published in Ahram Online on 04 - 11 - 2020

Libya's rivals wrapped up their military talks with a call to the U.N. Security Council to adopt a binding resolution to implement a cease-fire deal inked last month, the U.N. said.
The two-day talks in the oasis town of Ghadames, which concluded late Tuesday, were the first face-to-face negotiations inside Libya since last year's months-long attack on the capital by forces loyal to the east-based National Libyan Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Hifter.
The two sides agreed to meet again in the contested coastal city of Sirte sometime in November, and to form a sub-committee to oversee the return of all Libyan forces to their camps, as mentioned in the Oct. 23 cease-fire reached in Geneva, the U.N. support mission in Libya said late Tuesday.
``This is the beginning of a process that is going to require determination, courage, confidence and a lot of work,'' said the head of the U.N. support mission for Libya, Stephanie Williams, who headed the Ghadames talks.
She said they have discussed in detail a monitoring mechanism to implement the cease-fire agreement, which includes the departure of foreign forces and mercenaries from the oil-rich country within three months.
The agreement also called for ``military deals on training inside Libya'' to be frozen and for foreign trainees to leave the country. It did not name a particular country but apparently referred to Turkey, which has sent forces and mercenaries to train and fight alongside forces loyal to the U.N.-supported government in the west.
Libya was plunged into chaos after the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. The oil-rich country is split between a U.N.-supported government in the capital, Tripoli, and rival authorities based in the east. The two sides are backed by an array of local militias as well as regional and foreign powers.
Fathi Bashaga, the interior minister in the Tripoli government, arrived in Cairo on Wednesday, in a first visit by senior official from western Libya to the Egyptian capital since before Tripoli offensive. Neighboring Egypt is closely allied with Hifter in the east.
The surprise visit to Egypt is part of efforts by the two countries to ``fight the threat of terrorism and organized crime,'' the Libyan ministry said in a statement.
Bashaga has recently emerged as a powerful figure in the Tripoli government, meeting with western diplomats and presenting himself as a dealmaker who could guide Libya out its decade-long turmoil.
The two sides urged the U.N. Security Council to urgently adopt a resolution on the implementation of the cease-fire deal, which the U.N. mission has billed as historic.
Williams, the U.N. envoy, called on countries that have brought mercenaries and foreign fighters to Libya to ``respect the Libyan request'' to withdraw them.
Thousands of foreign fighters, including Russians, Syrians, Sudanese and Chadians, have been brought to Libya by both sides, according to U.N. experts. In Geneva last month, the two sides also agreed on exchanging prisoners and opening up air and land transit across the country's divided territory.
Williams said two sides hope to resume flights between Libya's south and elsewhere in the country.
She also said oil production has been resumed after months-long closure of oil fields and terminals by tribes loyal to Hifter. The east-based military commander announced an end to the oil blockade in September.
Citing Libya's National Oil Corporation, Williams said that production has reached 800,000 barrels a day. Before Hifter's attack on Tripoli in April 2019, Libya's oil production was at 1.2 million barrels a day.
A meeting on restructuring the oil facilities guard is scheduled for Nov. 16, with the U.N. mission and the oil company attending, Williams said.
The rivals are set to hold political talks on Nov. 9 in the Tunisian capital. Seventy-five people from all walks of life in Libya would take part in those talks, with a goal of drawing a roadmap to presidential and parliamentary elections, the U.N. said.
Some Tripoli-allied militias have criticized the cease-fire deal and the U.N. mission. Each side of the conflict has also objected to the inclusion of some of the attendees invited to Tunis.
The U.S. Embassy has meanwhile threatened to sanction unspecified Libyans who ``in concert with certain external actors'' have sought to derail U.N.-led peace efforts.


Clic here to read the story from its source.