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Russian official: Achieving a ceasefire in Libya linked to Haftar

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The head of the Russian contact group on the Libyan settlement, Lev Dingov, said on Thursday that the ceasefire in Libya is closely linked to the successor of Haftar, commander of the armed militia in the eastern part of the country.

He continued: “We are working to comply with the call of Turkish Presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian Vladimir Putin for a cease-fire in Libya.

Dengov told Russia’s “RIA Novosti” that the main goal in Libya is to achieve a peace process acceptable to all parties to the conflict.

He noted that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian Vladimir Putin called for a ceasefire in Libya on Wednesday.

He said: “Working under these current conditions will facilitate a peaceful solution in an environment of mutual understanding and friendship.”

Dingov stated that western Libya also accepts Russia as a reliable partner, especially after the Turkish and Russian Presidents called for a ceasefire.

He said: “Rumors that Russia is supporting one party in Libya have ended.”

Dingov pointed out that his country started its efforts to declare a ceasefire in Libya as of next Sunday.

He added: “The cease-fire in Libya is highly dependent on Haftar, because it is he who initiated the (military) operation.”

Earlier Wednesday, Presidents Erdogan and Putin, in a joint statement after their meeting in Istanbul, called for a ceasefire in Libya, beginning at midnight on Saturday / Sunday.

The Presidential Council of the Libyan government, internationally recognized, and the Supreme Council of State (representative adviser), and the Libyan House of Representatives in the capital, Tripoli, on Wednesday, welcomed the call for a ceasefire, and the search for a diplomatic solution to end the crisis.

In turn, retired Major General Haftar, who is turning against legitimacy, did not comment on the call for a ceasefire.

Since April 4, the militias of Khalifa Hifter have been waging a deadly attack to seize Tripoli, the seat of the internationally recognized “National Accord” government.

Haftar’s attack on Tripoli neglected the efforts of the United Nations to hold a dialogue conference between the Libyans as part of an international road map to deal with the internal conflict.

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