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The Russian Government takes for granted the “indefinite” ceasefire in Libya despite the reluctance of Haftar

January 14, 2020

MADRID, Jan. 14 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The Ministry of Defense of Russia has assured that the talks on Libya held on Monday in Moscow concluded with an agreement for a ceasefire “undefined” which theoretically also approved Jalifa Haftar, head of the forces loyal to the Government installed in the east of the North African country, in the absence of additional consultations.

“The main result of this meeting was that the opposing parties agreed to meet an indefinite ceasefire,” the Russian government said in a statement, one day after the consultations attended by Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army, and the main head of the Government of national unity, Fayez Serraj.

The Russian Government takes for granted the “indefinite” ceasefire in Libya despite the reluctance of HaftarThe Russian Government takes for granted the “indefinite” ceasefire in Libya despite the reluctance of Haftar

Russia and Turkey had brought the ceasefire to the parties, but only Serraj and the president of the High Council of State, Jalid al Mishri, signed it on Monday. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Haftar also supports him, although he has asked for 48 more hours to discuss it with the tribal chiefs, reports the Sputnik news agency.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has assured from Sri Lanka that his Government will continue working to stabilize the situation in Libya, a country plunged into chaos since the fall of the Muammar Gaddafi regime in 2011. “We encourage all parties Libyans to reach an agreement instead of continuing to fix things through the use of force, “he has claimed.

Lavrov has attributed the current tensions to the “criminal and illegal adventure” undertaken by several Western powers in Libya in 2011 and has proposed for the North African country “a process of peace similar to the Syrian”, despite the efforts of dialogue for the Syria's case has not borne fruit in recent years.

For his part, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has argued that Turkey “has done its part” to achieve a ceasefire in Libya. “In the current context, it is clear who wants peace and who wants war, who wants and who does not forge the unity of Libya,” he added, in a veiled criticism of Haftar, according to Anatolia.

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