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The German government has announced that preparations are under way for an international conference to be held in Berlin this month to help find a political solution to the Libyan conflict.
Speaking at a press conference in Berlin, Steffen Seibert, spokeswoman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said it was too early to officially announce the date and details of the planned conference.
“Preparations are underway for such a conference. Anyway it will take place in January here in Berlin, “said Seibert.
Earlier today, various media reported that the long-planned conference on Libya would take place on January 19th.
Germany welcomes ceasefire in Libya
Speaking about developments in Libya, Seibert welcomed Turkey’s and Russia’s recent efforts at a cease-fire in the country and stressed that the cease-fire in Libya is also important to the success of the planned conference.
The United Nations-recognized government (UN) of Libya in Tripoli and loyalists of General Khalifa Haftar on Saturday accepted the joint call by Turkey and Russia for a ceasefire.
Today, Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and Haftar arrived in Moscow for talks on the terms of a ceasefire agreement.
In April, Haftar launched an offensive to occupy Tripoli by the UN-recognized Libyan government.
According to the UN, more than 1,000 people have been killed since the start of the operation and over 5,000 were injured.
Since the fall of leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, two rival governments have emerged in Libya, one east of Libya largely supported by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates and the other in Tripoli, which enjoys UN and international recognition. .
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