Libyan armed groups agree to consider withdrawing from Tripoli, UNSMIL says

Meeting sponsored by UNSMIL in Al-Zawiya (Photo: UNSMIL)

The United Nations Support Mission to Libya (UNSMIL) hosted a meeting today to discuss the consolidation of the 4 September 2018 ceasefire, agree on a monitoring and verification mechanism and begin talks on the security arrangements in the Greater Tripoli area.

The meeting, convened in the western Libyan city of Zawiya, was attended by representatives of the Government of National Accord and the military commanders, security apparatuses and armed groups present in and around the Capital.

At the end of the meeting, the parties committed to uphold the ceasefire agreement.  They also committed to a signed document that includes establishing a monitoring and verification mechanism to consolidate the ceasefire; the repositioning of armed groups to agreed-upon locations; the development of a plan for withdrawing armed groups from the locations of sovereign institutions and critical infrastructure in Tripoli; and assigning the functions of securing the Capital to regular police and military forces only.

UNSMIL will continue to engage with attending parties to follow up on the details agreed upon today and confirm their implementation.

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