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UN calls LNA’s response to truce “constructive” while GNA rejects it

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) welcomed the Libyan National Army’s decision to commit to a truce during the holy month of Ramadan, calling the move “constructive”.

In a statement released on Thursday, the U.N. Mission urged all parties to “refrain from any provocative acts or statements that threaten the prospects for a genuine truce”, after the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) rejected the truce and questioned LNA’s commitment.

“UNSMIL calls upon both parties to seize this opportunity to immediately halt all military operations and resume the 5+5 Joint Military Commission talks — on a virtual basis, if needed — with the goal to reach a permanent ceasefire based upon the draft agreement proposed by the Mission on 23 February,” the Mission said.

“The Mission urges all parties to refrain from any provocative acts or statements that threaten the prospects for a genuine truce and its sustainability.  This includes attempts to use periods of calm by one side or the other to reinforce their position.”

“We thus call on the Member States who are directly fueling the conflict through their provision of weapons and mercenaries and the international communibty as a whole to use their influence to respect and enforce the arms embargo as called for in the Berlin Conference outcomes and enshrined in UN Security Council Resolution 2510.”

“UNSMIL believes that the ultimate guarantee of a lasting ceasefire rests not only on the goodwill of the parties to the conflict but the commitment of the international community to abide by its obligations to pursue and preserve peace and security in Libya,” the Mission concluded.

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