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Lack of trust prevents ceasefire deal to lift Libya blockade


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Issue 421 - 27 Aug 2020

On 21 August, the leader of the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) Presidency Council Fayez Al-Sarraj and eastern-based House of Representatives president Aguila Saleh each announced their own ceasefire. Saleh suggested that a new presidency council could be temporarily established in the demilitarised city of Sirte. His statement was promising in that it echoed parts of US national security adviser Robert O’Brien’s 4 August call for the implementation of a demilitarised solution for Sirte and Jufra – the front line between the GNA and the Libyan Arab Armed Forces (LAAF) – and the resumption of National Oil Corporation (NOC) operations. 

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