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UN calls Libyan 5+5 talks “productive”; condemns escalation in Sirte

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The Libyan National Army (LNA) and the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) are “fully engaged” in the third round of talks of the (5+5) Joint Military Commission (JMC), the United Nations Mission in Libya announced.

The Mission convened a meeting with the LNA delegation on 03 June and another meeting with the GNA delegation yesterday, 09 June.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the U.N. said that both meetings – which were conducted virtually – were “productive” and enabled the Mission “to discuss with the delegations the latest developments on the ground and to receive their comments on the draft ceasefire agreement, as presented by the Mission to the parties on 23 February 2020.”

“While UNSMIL commends the seriousness and the commitment of both parties in the JMC dialogue track, it calls on them to de-escalate to avoid further civilian casualties and new waves of displacement,” the U.N. said.

The Mission said that is “particularly concerned by reports of escalation and mobilization in and around the city of Sirte.”

Between 5 and 8 June, the U.N. said it verified “at least 19 civilian deaths, including three women and five children and at least 12 injuries to civilians in at least three locations outside Sirte, caused by airstrikes and Grad rockets.”

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