US, UK, Italy and France hail ceasefire in Libya's capital, call for commitment

US, UK, Italy and France hail ceasefire in Libya's capital, call for commitment

September 05, 2018 - 20:37
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The governments of France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States welcomed in a joint statement on Tuesday the result of the mediation reached yesterday by the United Nations Support Mission that aims to deescalate violence in and around Tripoli and ensure the protection of civilians.

The governments reiterated their strong support for Special Representative of the Secretary-General Ghassan Salame "as he works to realize an immediate and durable cessation of hostilities in the Libyan capital, which is a critical step to advancing the political process in accordance with the United Nations Action Plan."

"As the Secretary-General noted on September 2, all parties should immediately cease hostilities and abide by the ceasefire agreement brokered by the United Nations." The statement reads.

The four countries also called on all 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.

"We also reiterate support for the President of the Presidency Council, Fayez al-Sarraj, and the Government of National Accord as they work in partnership with the United Nations to promote reconciliation and support a Libyan-led political process." The statement adds.

UNSMIL brokered Tuesday a ceasefire under the auspices of Salame to end Tripoli's clashes and reopen Mitiga airport in a meeting in Al-Zawiya city.