UN to negotiate with Libyan militias to end clashes


A UN envoy has said the United Nations is planning to hold talks with the Libyan militias in a bid to convince them to put down arms.

Bernardino Leon, the United Nations special representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya said on Wednesday, “The United Nations will start talking to the militias in order to try and solve the problems provoked by the presence of these militias on the ground.”
Leon’s negotiation offer is a part of UN-sponsored peace talks between dominant rival groups in Libya which started on Monday in the southern city of Ghadames.
According to a Libyan military spokesman Colonel Abu Zaid al-Mismari on Wednesday, following the Ghadames negotiations, the Libyan army declared a truce and stopped its military operations “on all fronts.”

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