7 August 2020

Libya cease-fire hinges on Haftar withdrawal: Cavushoglu

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Libya’s UN-recognized government will agree to a cease-fire only if warlord Khalifa Haftar withdraws his forces from country’s central and western regions, the Turkish foreign minister said. reports citing Turkish media.

Speaking to British daily the Financial Times (FT), Mevlut Cavusoglu said the Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, is “determined” to resume its offensive against Haftar’s forces unless they withdrew from two strategic locations, port city of Sirte and home to an airbase Jufra.

Cavusoglu pointed out that Russia presented a cease-fire offer during talks in Istanbul last month with a “concrete date and time.”

He said “when Ankara consulted with the GNA, the Libyan officials stated their preconditions on Sirte and Jufra and for Gen Haftar’s forces to return to “lines” they held in 2015.”

The article quoted Cavusoglu as telling them that Ankara may support the offensive and the GNA’s preconditions for a cease-fire are “legitimate and reasonable.”

2020.07.12 / 17:51
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