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Sunday, 14 June 2020

UN-led Libya peace process preferable to Egypt plan -US

The US has come out in favor of a Libyan ceasefire brokered by the UN over a plan put forward by Egypt to end the conflict, Reuters reports. Egypt’s ceasefire proposal, unveiled by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi at a presser earlier this month, would see all “foreign mercenaries” disarm and leave the country, paving the way for UN-sponsored talks and the creation of an elected presidential council. But last week the US appeared to reject Egypt’s proposal, with the State Department’s top Middle East diplomat voicing support for a UN-led process. “We think there are parts of [Egypt’s] initiative that are helpful. … That said, we think that the UN-led process and the Berlin process are really … the most productive frameworks … to make progress on a ceasefire,” David Schenker, US assistant secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, told reporters.

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