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Moscow does not plan new conferences on Libya

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Russia does not plan to convene a new conference on Libya, said in an interview with the Greek weekly journal “To Vima” the special representative of the President of the Russian Federation for the Middle East and African countries, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.

The text of the interview is published on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

According to the deputy minister, such conferences “have already been abound in various capitals”, and the progress of the Libyan settlement depends “not on the number of international conferences on this topic, but on the quality of implementation of the decisions taken at them.”

Bogdanov also emphasized: Greece, as a Mediterranean country directly suffering from the Libyan crisis, has every right to fully participate in multilateral efforts to overcome it.

In Libya, whose head Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and killed in 2011, dual power reigns. In the east of the country, a parliament elected by the people sits, supported by the Libyan National Army of Marshal Haftar. In the west, in Tripoli, the Government of National Accord, formed with the support of the UN and the European Union, rules.

On January 13, Moscow hosted the first negotiations of the LNA commander Khalifa Haftar with the head of the PNS, Fayez Sarraj. Following the meeting, a ceasefire agreement was drawn up. The PNS representatives signed the document, but the LNA commander did not .

On January 19, an international conference on Libya was held in Berlin with the participation of Russia, the USA, Turkey, Egypt, several other countries, as well as the European Union and the UN. The main outcome of the conference was a call for a ceasefire in Libya and an obligation to comply with the arms embargo on both sides.

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