Russia, Turkey working on ceasefire in Libya
Iran Press TV
Wednesday, 08 July 2020 1:00 PM
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow and Ankara are working on an immediate ceasefire agreement in Libya.
Lavrov said the so-called Libyan National Army (LNA), commanded by warlord General Khalifa Haftar, is ready to sign a ceasefire document, the Interfax news agency reported Wednesday.
Russia's top diplomat further said the rebel forces hope that Turkey will manage to convince the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) to agree to a ceasefire.
It has been about two rival groups fighting for power in Libya since 2014.
The GNA, with Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj at its head, is based in Tripoli, and the other group based in the eastern city of Tobruk is supported militarily by Haftar's rebels, who are backed by the United Arab Emirates, France, Russia and Egypt.
The rebels launched an offensive to seize the capital and oust the GNA in April 2019, triggering some of the most intense fighting in the country.
Multiple international attempts to bring about peace between the two warring sides have failed.
Turkey has extended significant help to the GNA, helping it thwart the rebel offensive against Tripoli.
When the rebels lost ground, Egypt called for a ceasefire. Russia and the UAE welcomed that initiative, but the government and Turkey said fighting would continue until the city of Sirte is recaptured.
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