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All parties should immediately cease hostilities and abide by UNSMIL ceasefire agreement, say western governments

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

LIBYA – The Governments of France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States welcomed the result of the mediation reached yesterday by the United Nations Support Mission (UNSMIL), the western governments announced in joint statement hours after the agreement.

The four governments said in their statement the UNSMIL ceasefire agreement aims to de-escalate violence in and around Tripoli and ensure the protection of civilians.  They also reiterated their “strong support for SRSG Ghassan Salamé in his effort to reach an agreement between rival armed groups in and around Tripoli.

The governments considered the agreements as “a critical step to advancing the political process in accordance with the United Nations Action Plan,” calling on all parties to “immediately cease hostilities and abide by the ceasefire agreement brokered by the United Nations.” They also called on Libyan parties to “refrain from any actions that could undermine [the] ceasefire announcement, jeopardize the security of civilians, or set back Libyan efforts to advance the political process and move forward in the spirit of compromise.”

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