23 February 2020

Turkey seeks permanent cease-fire in Libya

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Turkey's aim is to implement a permanent cease-fire in Libya and acceleration of the political process, the country's foreign minister said Tuesday. informs citing Turkish media.

Turkey has supported the Berlin peace process since it started, Mevlut Cavusoglu told news channel NTV in Davos where he is attending World Economic Forum.

"Important decisions were made at the meeting toward accelerating the political process as soon as possible [in Libya], and support came from all parties," he said.

Since the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, two seats of power have emerged in Libya: renegade general Khalifa Haftar in eastern Libya, supported mainly by Egypt and the UAE, and the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, which enjoys the UN and international recognition.

Libya’s legitimate government has been under attack by Haftar since last April, claiming the lives of more than 1,000 people.

On Sunday, Haftar accepted in Berlin to designate members to a UN-proposed military commission with five members from each side to monitor implementation of cease-fire.

The top Turkish diplomat went on to say that Haftar is seeking a military solution rather than political one and there was a need to respond to calls of the international community for peace in the region.

2020.01.21 / 20:52
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