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Libya's rival parties sign 'permanent' nationwide cease-fire

The Government of National Accord and Libyan National Army agreed to the truce during UN-sponsored talks in Geneva.
Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Political Affairs in Libya Stephanie Williams attends a press conference on talks between the rival factions in the Libya conflict on October 21, 2020 at the United Nations offices in Geneva. - The UN's Libya envoy said she was "quite optimistic" about the prospects of a ceasefire emerging from ongoing talks between the two warring factions. Two days into the talks at the United Nations in Geneva, scheduled to last until October 24, 2020, the two

Libya’s two main rival factions agreed to a permanent cease-fire on Friday in what the United Nations described as a historic turning point in the county’s six-year-long civil war.  

Military representatives from the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) and Gen. Khalifa Hifter’s self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) signed the cease-fire during UN-mediated talks in Geneva. The truce, which takes effect immediately, calls for foreign fighters and mercenaries to leave Libyan territory — air, land and sea — within the next three months, the UN mission in Libya said. 

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