Tripoli ceasefire still in place


Armed groups vying for control of the Libyan capital agreed to set up a mechanism to “consolidate” a recently agreed ceasefire, the United Nations’ Libya mission, UNSMIL, said.

LastTuesday, the United Nations persuaded various armed groups to halt fighting that killed dozens in Tripoli, one of many unrest sites in the country.
“Parties agreed today to freeze their forces’ movements, a monitoring and verification mechanism to consolidate the ceasefire and development of a plan to withdraw armed groups from sovereign locations and critical infrastructure in #Tripoli,” UNSMIL tweeted.

At a meeting, UNSMIL Libya envoy Ghassan Salame urged armed groups to address issues through understanding, not bloodletting.

It gave no further details.

Tripoli is formally controlled by the internationally recognised Government of National Accord, but armed groups working with the GNA act with autonomy. Eastern Libya is controlled by a rival administration.

The fighting started at the end of August because armed groups outside Tripoli opposed a cartel of four “super militias” controlling access to state funds and foreign currency at a huge discount from the central bank.

The ceasefire has largely held, allowing residents to buy food, as well as fuel for the generators needed to provide power because of an electricity outage in western Libya.