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Switzerland hosts second round of talks by Libya's Joint Military Commission

Thousands of people gather at Martyr's Square within a funeral ceremony held after an airstrike on a military school in the south of the Libyan capital of Tripoli by jets loyal to renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar, in Tripoli, Libya on January 05, 2020 [Hazem Turkia / Anadolu Agency]
Thousands of people gather at Martyr's Square within a funeral ceremony held after an airstrike on a military school in the south of the Libyan capital of Tripoli by jets loyal to renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar, in Tripoli, Libya on January 05, 2020 [Hazem Turkia / Anadolu Agency]

The Libyan Joint Military Commission started the second round of UN brokered talks in the Swiss city of Geneva aimed at reaching a ceasefire in the country.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya called on the participating parties to seize the opportunity, hoping that the spirit of responsibility and seriousness will be transferred to the Libyan political negotiations scheduled for 26 February.

The first round of talks ended earlier this month without a breakthrough.

Each of the two parties – the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj and renegade General Khalifa Haftar – are represented by five officers.

The GNA later suspended its participation in the talks, calling for firm actions to be taken against General Haftar’s forces before they resume.

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