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The UN hails Tabu – Tuareg Ceasefire deal

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The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Mon, has hailed the ceasefire and reconciliation agreement reached by major tribes in South Libya, Tabu and Tuareg, a step that ends the conflict in the south.

Ki-Mon hailed, in a statement issued Tuesday, the Qatari mediation and the efforts in brokering the deal that includes relocating the displaced people in addition to a permanent ceasefire in the town of Ubari.

“All such local initiatives aimed at ceasefires and reconciliation will need to be complemented by a nationwide political agreement, in order to minimize potential conflict going forward”, the statement said.

Qatar mediated the agreement that was signed on Monday. The UN also hailed the Qatari efforts and hoped it will repeat such efforts to push the rival sides to sign the political agreement in its current form.

The deputy of Qatari Foreign Minister, Mohamed Abdul-Rahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, has expressed hope that such reconciliation would be the start of installing peace in all Libyan lands.

According to Al-Thani, the initiative came after communications with the General National Congress, GNC, which asked the Qatari prince, Tamim bin hamad Al-Thani, to mediate in South Libya region that was mired in multiple conflicts.

The deputy of Qatari Foreign Minister asserted that the talks were Libyan- Libyan. He also added that the signed agreement was a best example of the Qatari belief that talks are the best path to resolve conflicts.

The United Nation special envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, has continued his efforts to ease the Libyan crisis. Kobler met on Wednesday with the deputy of Qatari Foreign Minister, Mohammed Bin Abdul-Rahman Al-Thani, in Qatar to consider methods to push the Libyan political process to end the crisis as soon as possible. Kobler visited the Libyan cities of Tobruk, Tripoli, and Misrata soon after his inauguration.

In relation to the above, kobler met, on Tuesday, with the Italian Defense Minister, Roberta Binotti, and the security advisor of the UN support mission in Libya, Paulo Serra.

Kobler expressed gratitude for the Italian support efforts for the UN’s work in Libya while Binotti asserted Italy’s full care for reaching a political solution to the crisis that will achieve stability in South Mediterranean.

Italy is considered to be Kobler’s first abroad visit since replacing the former envoy, Bernardino Leon.