Salamé hopes to achieve Eid truce, calls for an international conference followed by a Libyan meeting

Alwasat - Cairo Fri 09 Aug 2019, 09:15 PM
alwasat radio

The United Nations special envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salamé said his recent initiative for de-escalation in Libya is a three-point plan that could bring a peaceful solution to the conflict.

Salamé said the first point of his plan consists in coming to a humanitarian truce for the holiday of Eid al-Adha, which, if the three parties agreed to it, would show that Libyans give importance to the fact that an alternative to war exists.

The second point would be an international conference with the participation of all foreign parties, and the third point would be a conference reserved only for Libyan parties. This initiative is different than previous ones, given that Libyan politicians are looking for reassurance from the international community regarding the search for solutions. 

Salamé expressed optimism that the Libyan parties would accept the humanitarian ceasefire proposal, even though it wouldn't be definitive. He said every party in the Libyan situation is giving different signals - some positive, others suspicious - and many want reassurance from rival parties on a commitment to a ceasefire. 

He emphasised the difference between a ceasefire and a humanitarian truce, in that the former has to be monitored while the latter is only a common agreement between the warring parties to stop military action for a limited period of time.

"I have spoken with all the parties, including the countries that support Khalifa Haftar; many of them agree on the humanitarian truce during Eid al-Adha," Salamé said.

He said his initiative includes full implementation of the UN Security Council's arms embargo, and that following the international conference, there would be another with the participation of all the Libyan parties and foreign representatives, in order to resume political dialogue.

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