Appeal to respect truce in Libya

ROME – In a combined statement released by Italy, France, the UK and the US, an appeal is launched “to all the parties involved” to respect the ceasefire in Libya, political sources said Wednesday. 
 The statement read, “Governments in France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States support the decision reached today in Tripoli by the United Nations Support Mission aiming to deescalate violence in the city and protect civilians. We reiterate our strong support for Special Representative of the Secretary-General Ghassan Salame as he works to carry out a truce in the Libyan capital, which is a critical step to advancing the political process in accordance with the United Nations Action Plan.
    “As the Secretary-General noted on Sep. 2, all parties should immediately cease hostilities and abide by the ceasefire agreement written by the United Nations. We call on all Libyan parties to avoid actions that could undermine today’s ceasefire announcement, threaten the security of civilians, or set back Libyan efforts to advance the political process and move forward.”