Libya’s warring sides begin new round of ceasefire talks, says UN

Soon after rapid gains by the UN-backed government ended with heavy fighting around the central coastal city of Sirte, Libya’s warring sides have started to engage in a new round of ceasefire talks, said the United Nations on June 10.

The UN Libya Mission stated that the Government of National Accord (GNA), backed by Turkey, and the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) which is supported by the United Arab Emirates, Russia and Egypt, have separately held meetings with the UN negotiators.

“The Mission is particularly concerned by reports of escalation and mobilization in and around the city of Sirte,” it added while announcing that the talks in this regard were underway.

The UN Libya mission also stated that at least 19 civilian deaths have been verified.

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