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UN: Moscow talks on Libya a step to make the Berlin conference a success

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

The United Nations considered Monday that the Moscow talks and the ceasefire in Libya represented a positive step towards the success of the Berlin International Conference next Sunday.

On the Turkish-Russian initiative, Sunday a ceasefire began between the internationally recognized Libyan National Accord government and the forces of retired Major General Khalifa Hifter, who is contesting the government over legitimacy and authority in the oil-rich country.

A spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General, Stephen Dougrik, said that the international organization “did not participate in the Moscow talks (including two Libyan delegations, Turkey and Russia) on the Libyan crisis, but followed the talks closely.”

And Moscow announced, on Monday evening, that the Libyan Prime Minister, Fayez Al-Sarraj, and the head of the Libyan Supreme Council of State, Khaled al-Mashri, signed a text of a draft ceasefire, while the delegation of Hifter and the Speaker of the House of Representatives in Tobruk (East) asked, Aqila Saleh, Timeout until Tuesday morning.

Commenting on the Moscow talks, Dougrick added, during a press conference: “We consider this a positive step, and we hope that this will lead to the success of the upcoming Berlin conference.”

Germany invited 10 countries to participate in this conference, which are the five permanent members of the Security Council (the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France), in addition to Turkey, Egypt, the UAE, Germany and Italy.

This conference represents a new attempt to resolve the conflict peacefully, after Haftar aborted the efforts made by the United Nations to hold a dialogue conference between the Libyans, by launching, since April 4, an attack to control the capital, Tripoli (west), the seat of the legitimate government.

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