Haftar loyalists accept Turkey, Russia call for ceasefire in Libya

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

The loyalist forces of Libyan rebel general Khalifa Haftar accepted the joint call by Turkey and Russia for a ceasefire in Libya.

Ahmed al-Mismari, a spokesman for the eastern Libyan-based Haftar forces, said in a video message on social networks that they accept “calls for a cessation of operations” but added that he would retaliate if the other party violates the ceasefire.

The developments come after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held a phone conversation about Libya, and on January 8th after a meeting in Istanbul called for a ceasefire to take effect on January 12th in Libya.

The Tripoli-based National Reconciliation Government (GNA), recognized by the United Nations (UN), had welcomed the call, but Haftar initially rejected it.

On April 4, Haftar forces launched a military campaign to capture Tripoli, with the GNA launching a counter-operation.

On December 12, however, Haftar issued another order to attack Tripoli, calling the new campaign a “decisive war”, and as a measure against that order, mobilization was announced in ten western cities.

Since the fall of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, two power centers have emerged in Libya, one in eastern Libya largely supported by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, and the GNA in Tripoli, which enjoys international and international recognition. UN.

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