Libya ceasefire 'a ray of hope': Germany

By: AFP      Published: 07:46 PM, 23 Oct, 2020
Libya ceasefire 'a ray of hope': Germany

Germany on Friday welcomed a UN-brokered ceasefire signed by Libya's two rival factions as a "ray of hope".

The two warring sides signed a "permanent" ceasefire agreement Friday after five days of talks at the United Nations.

"The ceasefire agreement finally promises a change of course from military to political logic," German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a statement. 

"This news is the first ray of hope for the people of Libya in a long time."

Libya has been wracked by conflict since the overthrow and killing of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011, with rival power centres as well as a myriad of militias vying for control. 

But there has been increased hope since the two main warring factions separately announced in August that they would cease hostilities, which was followed by a series of UN-backed talks.

Germany, which has sought to play a mediating role in the conflict, brought the rival parties together in Berlin in January, but attempts to impose a ceasefire and arms embargo largely failed for months.