adminSeptember 15, 20205min

To be or not to be…. The Libyan ceasefire

After the ceasefire agreement from August 21, LNA was accused by the GNA of violating the ceasefire in Sirte.

They agreed on August 21, to an immediate cease-fire and their two statements met on common points, the most important subject the truce and holding of presidential and parliamentary elections.

The agreement was widely welcomed by the international community and particularly Arab countries, while LNA’s militia rejected it.

Meantime, Fayez Al Sarraj declared his readiness to implement any agreement that meets the acceptance and consensus of all Libyans. He warned the Libyan protesters not to be dragged into the calls for sabotage over the deterioration of living conditions and to be caution to the fact that among them are infiltrated gunmen.

He accused the LNA’s infiltrated people for trying to carry out acts of sabotage and riots in the middle of the peaceful protesters, in order to bring down the prestige of the Libyan state
According to GNA Army Spokesman, Col. Mohammed Knounou, two that two violations were documented in short time, after the announcement of the ceasefire. He said that the LNA fired six missiles against GNA positions west of Sirte.

The Libyan government warned LNA against continuing attacks and crimes in the cities of Sirte, in the north of the country and Taraghin in its central region.

Libya’s security situation is precarious and the violation of the cease-fire agreement by the Haftar’s militias, exacerbating the revolts in the major cities of Libya.

The protests started days after the country’s warring rival administrations announced separately that they would cease all hostilities and hold nationwide elections and have expanded, up to this point, to almost all Libyan territory and many situations have endangered the life of the Libyan peaceful protesters.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International said that armed men abducted at least six unarmed protesters on August 30’s protests in Libya’s capital, and used live fire to disperse a demonstration, wounding others. After that, both Amnesty and the UN mission in Libya, demanded an investigation into the violence. 

Since the 2011, when Nato-backed uprising that toppled and killed veteran dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has endured almost a decade of violent chaos and the situation escalated with the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite social distancing measures, Libya – which is a hydrocarbon-rich country, has lost a lot of its incomes form oil trade.

Because of the highly fragmented Libyan society, form security-wise and socially perspective, it is hard to know how the future of the country will be.

However, it will be essential to work towards limiting the residents to join the local militias. This can be accomplished only with the support of the international/regional actors, by creating new economic programs, which will serve to bolster social cohesion and offer much-needed economic opportunities for the population.

Despite the precarious situation, the establishment of democracy should be the ultimate goal for the Libyans.


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