'Too early' to say Libya ceasefire collapsed: Turkey
Jan 16 2020
Both sides in Libya's conflict had already agreed to a ceasefire from Sunday to end nine months of fighting, following weeks of worldwide diplomacy and calls for a truce by power-brokers Russian Federation and Turkey.
Libya's rival leaders have left Moscow without reaching agreement on a cease-fire deal proposed by Russian Federation and Turkey in an effort to bring an end to the country's long-running civil war. Officials from the United States, Russia, Britain, France, China, United Arab Emirates and Turkey, as well as several African and Arab countries are also invited.
Russo-Turkish talks in Moscow have aimed to halt Haftar's nine-month campaign to seize the Libyan capital Tripoli from forces aligned with the internationally recognized government of Fayez al-Serraj.
The meetings raised hopes of an end to the latest fighting to wrack Libya since a 2011 Nato-backed uprising killed dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The commander's abrupt departure in the early hours of Tuesday was a setback for an global diplomatic push in recent days, though Moscow insisted it would continue mediation efforts.
The head of Russia's contact group to Tripoli, Lev Dengov, said the two rivals will have to determine in the Russian capital "the terms of the future settlement in Libya, including the possibility of signing an agreement on the ceasefire and its details".
"We will push ahead with efforts in this direction; no final results have been achieved so far, " Lavrov told reporters, according to Russian media.
"We will not hesitate to teach a deserved lesson to the putschist Haftar if he continues his attacks on the country's legitimate administration and our brothers in Libya", Erdogan said in a televised speech.
Mechri said he would accompany Sarraj to Moscow, while parliament speaker Aguila Salah will travel with Haftar.
The GNA said despite gunfire in the Salaheddin and Wadi Rabea areas "minutes" after the ceasefire was meant to start on Sunday and violations by "aggressor militias", it renewed its commitment to the ceasefire.
Western powers are keen to stabilize Libya - home to Africa's largest proven crude reserves - because of concerns Islamist militants (ISIL) and migrant smugglers, already active, will take advantage of the chaos.
The eastern administration is supported by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, France and Russian Federation while the western government is backed by Turkey, Qatar and Italy.
The clashes have also spurred a growing exodus of migrants from Libya, though almost 1,000 intercepted at sea have been forced to return this year, according to the UN.
Spokesperson of Egypt's House of Representatives Salah Hasab Allah stated that the General Committee vigorously condemned in the meeting the Turkish Parliament's approval to send troops to Libya, as such acts are a violation of worldwide legitimacy principles and UN Security Council's resolutions on Libya. Putin later Monday discussed the talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
A ceasefire in Libya initiated by Turkey and Russian Federation saw a lull in heavy fighting and air strikes, though both warring factions accuse each other of violating the truce as skirmishes continued around Tripoli.
Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat on condition of anonymity, he said the LNA will not accept the deployment of United Nations, European Union or worldwide peacekeepers to Libya.