By Sami Zaptia.
London, 21 January 2019:
A “final” ceasefire and reconciliatin talks on the south Tripoli militia fighting started in the capital on Sunday
Meetings were held at the Bab al-Bahr hotel in Tripoli between a 30-strong delegation of the Higher Council for Reconciliation in Tripoli and tribal elders of the Wirfala tribe to reach a definitive ceasefire and to conclude a comprehensive reconciliation agreement between the fighting parties.
The Wirfala tribe elders had met with their counterparts in the city of Tarhuna on Friday.
It will be noted that the previous ceasefire in August 2018 between the coalition of Tripoli militias and the Tarhuna militias had been held in the city of Zawia and was brokered by UNSMIL.
UNSMIL seems to have been sidelined on this occassion and was criticised by both fighting parties and indirectly blamed for the collapse of the ceasefire.