UN mission welcomes second exchange of detainees between GNA and LNA

Alwasat - Cairo Thu 07 Jan 2021, 12:52 AM
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The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Wednesday welcomed the exchange of dozens of detainees between Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA) General Command.

"UNSMIL warmly welcomes the news today about an exchange of 35 detainees facilitated by the (5+5) Joint Military Commission in the city of Shwairif, as part of confidence building measures agreed upon in the ceasefire agreement," the UNSMIL said in a statement.

"This 2nd official exchange of detainees is the result of the steadfast commitment by the JMC to move forward with the full implementation of the ceasefire agreement. In this spirit, UNSMIL calls on both parties to swiftly finalize ongoing negotiations to re-open coastal road," the statement said.

On Oct. 23, 2020, the Libyan delegations to the 5+5 Joint Military Commission talks in Geneva signed a UN-sponsored permanent ceasefire agreement.

Earlier in November last year, the Joint Military Commission agreed on terms for the ceasefire implementation in the country, including the return of forces back to their camps and the withdrawal of foreign forces from conflict lines.

The delegations also agreed to exchange all prisoners, remove landmines in cooperation with the UN teams and the General Intelligence Service, and ban hate speech.

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