Libya rivals sign ceasefire deal; all foreign fighters to quit within three months

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The latest Libya talks come after the internationally recognised Government of National Accord in June beat back Khalifa Haftar's eastern-based self-styled Libyan National Army following its 14-month assault on the capital [File: Abdullah Doma/AFP]

Libya’s warring factions signed a permanent ceasefire agreement on Friday, after five days of talks in Geneva.

According to Libya envoy at the signing ceremony; Stephanie Williams,
The agreement is a crucial sign of hope for the Libyan people and a moment that will go down in history.

The agreement comes after the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in June, beat back Khalifa Haftar’s eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) from its 14-month assault on the capital.

The United Nations, which brokered the deal said the ceasefire would start immediately and all foreign fighters must quit Libya within three months.

Forces are to withdraw from front lines and a new joint police force secure the area.

The ceasefire also responds to the Secretary-General’s call for a global ceasefire and cessation of hostilities related to the COVID pandemic.

Any lasting end to years of chaos and bloodshed will, however require wider agreement among myriad armed groups and the outside powers that support them.
The country was plunged into chaos after the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

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