UN: Support Mission head hails 'tangible progress' in Libya peace process

The peace settlement in Libya was discussed at an online briefing of the UN Security Council, New York City, Thursday. Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya Stephanie Williams stressed, «I am pleased to report that tangible progress was achieved as part of the package of confidence-building measures agreed in Geneva.» She also mentioned that «the sharp decrease in the number of civilian casualties compared to the second quarter of 2020 is another reminder that when guns are silent, civilians are protected.» Williams warned that «the situation (in Libya) remains volatile.» Libya has been embroiled in a civil war since the ousting of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. A ceasefire agreement between the two warring parties was signed on October 23 by the delegations of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA).​ Libya's next presidential and parliamentary elections are scheduled for December 24, 2021.

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