The UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, said there seemed to be a "genuine will to start negotiating" between the warring sides in the ongoing conflict, to reach a lasting ceasefire. In Geneva, where the next phase of the current diplomatic efforts is being hosted,
Salame told reporters that both sides were violating the arms embargo, despite their international backers committing to upholding it in Berlin just weeks prior. Moreover, fighting continues on the ground, despite efforts to push a truce by Russia and Turkey, who back the two sides, respectively.
Salame decried over "20 million pieces of weaponry" and urged the Security Council to pass a resolution reaffirming the arms embargo and adding punitive authority to uphold and enforce it.
The two sides did not meet face-to-face in Geneva, with Salame working to "bridge the gaps in their views on how the lasting, sustainable ceasefire can be organised on the ground."
Efforts currently are focusing on solidifying the current truce to decrease violations and allow to reach a real diplomatic agreement.