Cyril Ramaphosa
**FILE** Cyril Ramaphosa (Courtesy of the African National Congress via Twitter)

African Union (AU) chairperson and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday welcomed the signing of a complete, country-wide and permanent cease-fire agreement between rival forces in Libya.

The agreement was signed in Geneva in Switzerland on Friday.

“We congratulate all signatories for agreeing to this groundbreaking permanent cease-fire agreement,” Ramaphosa said in a statement Sunday.

“The signing of this agreement is an important step towards silencing the guns in Africa,” Ramaphosa said. “We further support the appeal by the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres for all stakeholders, regional and international actors, to respect the provisions of the cease-fire agreement and ensure its implementation without delay in order to bring an end to this conflict. This includes ensuring the full and unconditional respect of the UN Security Council [UNSC] arms embargo.”

The cease-fire agreement, its enforcement, and observation marked a critical first step in creating conditions conducive for lasting peace in Libya. It paved the way for the resumption of the intra-Libyan dialogue, which was the only legitimate platform that could produce a durable, Libyan-backed political solution.

Ramaphosa stressed the need for external parties to respect the UNSC arms embargo and called on them to refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of Libya. He also emphasized the importance of AU/UN collaboration in supporting the Libyan parties in the search for a political solution.

“Guided by the spirit of fraternity and the principles of solidarity and cooperation, the AU stands ready to accompany the Libyan people on this journey towards peace, national reconciliation, and unity,” he said.

SOURCE: African News Agency (ANA)

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