Libya militias declare ceasefire
The success of the upcoming UN-backed peace talks hinges on the participation of Libya Dawn, the alliance in control of Tripoli, which opted out of last week's talks. (AFP/File)
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The Libya Dawn militia alliance has announced a ceasefire with other factions in war-torn Libya following an agreement at UN-backed peace talks between warring sides.
According to a statement released by the group on Friday, the armed factions have agreed to "a ceasefire on all fronts" in Libya based on the condition that "the other parties respect the truce," AFP reported.
It also vowed to open "safe passages to channel humanitarian aid", particularly in Libya's currently besieged city of Benghazi.
Libya Dawn took over Tripoli in the summer and set up its own government and parliament, known as the GNC, forcing Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni’s internationally recognized government to operate from the eastern city of Tobruk.
Key representatives from the self-declared government operating from Tripoli refrained from attending this week's UN-brokered talks in Geneva, but other main armed groups fighting with the internationally recognized government announced a ceasefire.
"The participants agreed after extensive deliberation on an agenda that includes reaching a political agreement to form a consensual national unity government and the necessary security arrangements to end the fighting," the UN said in a statement earlier on Friday.
The UN-backed talks are based upon forming a unity government, ceasing hostilities and putting a transition to democracy on track.
The European Union has referred to the Geneva talks as the "last chance" to resolve Libya's crisis.
Armed chaos has gripped Libya since the ouster of the former dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The country has turned into a scene of clashes between warring governments and militias, who fight each other for power and share of the nation’s wealth.