Libyan rival parties conclude talks on key military and security issues

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSML) has reported that delegations from Libya’s warring sides meeting in Egypt have concluded two days of security and military talks in efforts towards a lasting ceasefire.  

As per UNSML, discussions were marked by a spirit of responsibility, transparency and mutual trust. They addressed a number of pressing security and military issues, including confidence-building measures; security arrangements in an area to be defined at a later stage within the framework of the 5+5 Joint Military Committee (JMC) talks; in addition to tasks and responsibilities of the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG).

Both delegations concluded their deliberations with a set of recommendations to be presented to the 5+5 JMC, as follows: Swiftly resume face-to-face meetings of the 5+5 JMC, starting next week;  Immediately release all those detained on account of their identity and without pre-conditions or restrictions; take immediate measures to exchange, before the end of October, all those detained during military operations through the formation of specialized committees from the relevant parties; Halt all hate speech campaigns, replace the narrative of hatred and incitement with a discourse of tolerance and reconciliation, and reject violence and terrorism; Expedite the re-opening of air traffic and land transportation lines across all Libyan cities to ensure freedom of movement for all citizens; Participants reviewed the security arrangements, which will be determined at a later stage within the framework of the 5+5 Joint Military Committee (JMC) talks and refer the PFG tasks and responsibilities to the 5+5 JMC and request that it prioritizes this issue, provide a comprehensive assessment of the situation and take the measures required to ensure regular oil and gas production and export. 

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