Libya's UN-recognised government forces seized control of a strategic town and city near the capital Tripoli from militias loyal to warlord Khalifa Haftar.
Publicly, the US backs the UN-backed government in Tripoli. It's time it starts showing that support.
Libyan PM Fayez al Sarraj demands rival warlord Khalifa Haftar's illegal militia withdraw from capital Tripoli outskirts, slams global inaction over hostilities raging in his country.
UN special representative for Libya Ghassan Salame says the country's warring sides are working to turn a provisional truce into a formal accord, a prospect that appears to face steep obstacles.
United Nations Libya Envoy Ghassan Salame said there is “genuine will” among the rival parties of war to sit and start negotiating together.
Military officers from UN-backed government and illegal militia of warlord Khalifa Haftar begin talks aimed at securing a ceasefire after 10 months of fighting on outskirts of capital, Tripoli.
UN special representative for Libya Ghassan Salame says the 5+5 commission, whose members were proposed by Libya's warring sides, will meet next week to help convert current truce into a "full-fledged ceasefire".
The four leaders agreed that attacks against civilians in Syria must stop and expressed support for a UN-backed political process in Libya.
"Mitiga airport has been targeted by fire this morning, the first day of Eid al Adha", the airport's management says in a statement.
The explosion comes hours after Libya's UN-supported government says it accepted a ceasefire proposed by the UN aimed at halting combat in the capital, Tripoli, during the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al Adha.
The latest territorial loss has put militia leader Khalifa Haftar in a weak position, and it is the right time for the international community to bring him to the negotiating table to help end the power struggle in Libya.
France's pursuit of its own long term interests in Libya is fueling the conflict and undermining the UN-backed peace process.
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