Cavusoglu: Egypt’s truce proposal for Libya is stillborn
ANKARA, (BM) – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu rejected the Egyptian proposal to declare a truce in Libya between the Ankara-oriented Government of National Accord [GNA] and the Libyan National Army [LNA], supported by Russia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.
A proposal was put forward at the talks between Egyptian President Abd al-Fattah el-Sisi and the LNA leader, Marshal Khalifa Haftar. This was preceded by several defeats of the Haftar forces, forcing him to lift the siege of the Libyan capital Tripoli and retreat tens of kilometers to the east.
“The Cairo proposal for a ceasefire is stillborn. If a ceasefire is signed, it should be done on a platform acceptable to all parties. The ceasefire has one goal – to save Haftar. It does not inspire confidence,” the minister said.
The Pan-Arab newspaper Al-Sharq al-Ausat writes about a telephone conversation between el-Sisi and US President Donald Trump. The American leader welcomed Egyptian efforts to achieve a truce and a political settlement to the Libyan conflict. Earlier, the Egyptian initiative was supported by Saudi Arabia.
The UN mission in Libya reports that the Government of National Accord and the Libyan National Army are starting negotiations under the auspices of this international organization. At this stage, the delegations of the parties met with representatives of the UN.
Libyan civil war
In Libya, armed clashes are currently taking place between supporters of different leaders. The country is led by the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj, the “eastern government” led by Abdullah Abdurrahaman at-Thani.
The eastern government is supported by the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.
Recall that January 13 in Moscow, negotiations were held between the heads of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalif Haftar and the Government of National Accord (GNA) Faiz Sarraj. Also present were members of the Foreign Ministries of Russia and Turkey.
On the meeting the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has notified Russia about the conditions for continuing negotiations on the signing of a peace agreement in Libya.
According to the requirements of Haftar, the militias operating in Libya are required to surrender weapons in the period from 45 to 90 days. This process should be controlled by a special commission created by the LNA together with the UN
Haftar also refused to recognize Turkey as an intermediary in resolving the situation in Libya, since the Turkish side is not neutral and supports the Government of National Accord (GNA).
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