Erdogan Accuses Haftar of Violating Ceasefire Agreement in Libya
09:29 GMT 26.01.2020
ANKARA (Sputnik) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar of the Libyan National Army continued to violate the ceasefire regime established in Libya.
"Haftar ignores the peace efforts made in Moscow and Berlin", Erdogan told reporters before flying to Algeria for a state visit.
Erdogan also blasted Syrian President Bashar Assad for breaking agreements on Idlib.
Libya is currently divided between two centres of power – an elected parliament in the country's east, supported by Haftar's Libyan National Army, and the UN-recognized Government of National Accord in the west.
On 19 January, participants of the Berlin conference on Libya called on the United Nations to facilitate ceasefire talks and urged the Security Council to impose sanctions on those who would breach the truce agreement.
The UN also called for an establishment of a 5+5 military committee, which will be tasked with monitoring the ceasefire's implementation, and both sides of the conflict have agreed to it.
The situation in the province of Idlib – the last stronghold of militants in Syria – has escalated since 19 December when the Syrian army launched a new military operation in the area.
On 9 January, the ceasefire, which was agreed by Russia and Turkey, entered into force. However, militants continue to attack the Syrian army and civilians despite the truce.
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