The second round of the 5+5 military talks concluded earlier this week (Feb 23) in Geneva as the UN continues to push the warring Libyan sides together to cement a ceasefire. The talks were facilitated by UN Special Representative to Libya Ghassan Salame.
The JMC, or Joint Military Commission is one of three tracks set by the UN in Berlin and brings together 5 senior military representatives from the GNA and LNA, respectively. This is taking place alongside an economic and political track, the latter of which is scheduled to open today, although it is unclear if the sides will participate given objections voiced just yesterday.
In a statement released after the conclusion of the meeting, UNSMIL thanked the parties for their "seriousness of purpose, goodwill, and spirit of high professionalism."
It announced that the two parties prepared a draft ceasefire agreement to help facilitate the safe return of civilians to areas from which they fled and to implement a joint monitoring mechanism that will be verified by UNSMIL and the newly comprised JMC.
The parties will present the draft to their respective political leaderships and resume negotiations in March, to complete the preparation of the Terms of Reference of the sub-committees in charge of implementing the agreement.