UN welcomes Libya peace commitments from Berlin summit

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (L) and Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Ghassan Salame (R) attend the main session for the International Libya Conference in Berlin, Germany, 19 January 2020. EPA-EFE/SEAN GALLUP / POOL

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The United Nations Security Council praised the commitment shown by world leaders to support a plan to restore peace in conflict-torn Libya and urged the warring factions to finalize a cease-fire accord.

The Council released a statement following a behind-closed-doors meeting chaired by Secretary General Antonio Guterres. Guterres told reporters shortly after the briefing that it was critical to move from the current truce that has had some violations to a cease-fire agreement to create “a real political process.”

Guterres described Sunday’s Peace Summit in Berlin, which was hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as a “major step” forward, particularly as 12 countries agreed to a 55-point final document plus operational plans. The conclusion means the dozen nations will not get involved in the North African country’s internal conflict and support a cease-fire, as well as honour a widely broken UN arms embargo.

UN chief Guterres said Khalifa Hafter and Fayez Sarraj, who were both in Berlin but refused to communicate, should “accept fully the conclusions of the Berlin summit.”

Libya’s east-based government is supported by a number of countries, such as the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, France and Russia while the UN-supported Tripoli-based government, led by Fayez Sarraj, is backed by Turkey, Qatar and Italy.

Read more via DW

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