TRIPOLI, 6 November 2020 – The International Crisis Group (ICG) warned Friday that the ceasefire agreement signed last October 23 by warring parties in the Libyan civil war may fall apart, leading to renewed fighting.
On Friday, the ICG said the agreement lacks “specificity, leaving the parties room to backtrack on their commitments.”
A low-intensity has been ongoing in Libya for nine years after a one year period (April 2019 and June 2020) when fighting raged.
The ICG pleaded for intervention by the United Nations to help “hammer out the details of troop withdrawals and foreign fighter repatriation, so that there is no space for competing interpretations.”
The Libyan ceasefire agreement was signed in Geneva, Switzerland last October 23.
The ICG hailed it at the time describing it as “a move toward broader political talks and a way out of the war.”
The deal was signed between the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) and Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army.
Five officers loyal to GNA and five loyal to Haftar (also known as 5+5 Joint Military Commission) participated in United Nations-supported negotiations mediated by the Swiss Government.
The ceasefire agreement endorses an informal ceasefire that parties have been observing since August 2020.