Libya Talks in Moscow Progress but Fail to Reach Agreement on Ceasefire

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MOSCOW – Talks aimed at agreeing an unconditional and open-ended ceasefire in Libya failed to achieve a breakthrough on Monday despite making good progress, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters.

Lavrov said some sides in the conflict had signed the ceasefire deal, but that Khalifa Haftar, commander of the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) faction which has been trying to conquer the capital Tripoli, had asked for more time to consider the matter.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Haftar had asked until Tuesday morning to consider the deal.

Libya’s warring leaders held indirect peace talks in Moscow on Monday with Russia and Turkey urging the rivals to sign a binding truce to end a nine-month-old war and pave the way for a settlement that would stabilise the North African country.

LNA’s Field Marshal Haftar refuses to withdrawal from Tripoli

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MOSCOW – The General Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has refused to negotiate the withdrawal of LNA from Tripoli during ongoing peace talks in Moscow, a source in Moscow tells The Libyan Address Journal.

Russia is currently hosting peace talks between LNA’s Field Marshal Haftar and Prime Minister of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj. Forces loyal to both sides have been battling to take control of Tripoli since April last year.

According to the same source, the peace talks were conducted separately with the Russian delegation holding a meeting with Field Marshal Haftar and the Turkish delegation holding a similar meeting with Al-Sarraj.

Lavrov: Extremists are moving from Syria’s Idlib to Libya

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday that extremists are losing their positions in Syrian Idlib as they move to Libya.

This statement was made during the press conference of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Sri Lankan counterpart Dinesh Gunawardena in the Sri Lankan capital, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte.

Lavrov added, after a day of Moscow’s indirect talks between the Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Field Marshal Khalifa Hafter, and the Head of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj, that no final results had been reached for the Libyan settlement during the talks in Moscow, stressing that Russia and Turkey will continue their efforts.

Lavrov stressed that NATO has destroyed the Libyan state and there is no state in Libya at the present time.

Russian Foreign Ministry: Haftar left Moscow without signing the draft ceasefire agreement

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Today, Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed that the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Field Marshal Khalifa Hafter, left Moscow without signing a cease-fire agreement with Prime Minister Al-Wefaq Fayez al-Sarraj.

Commenting on the failure to reach the signing of the agreement to stop the launch, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that “the Libyan state was destroyed by NATO.”

On Monday, the Commander in Chief met with the head of the Al-Wefaq government in the Russian capital for talks mediated by Russia and Turkey.

Private sources of the General Command, the Armed Forces, told the Libya Address Journal that the Commander in Chief and the accompanying delegation had left Moscow last night, and there would be no signature on any document at the expense of the heroic sacrifices and aspirations of the Libyan people that would prevent the army from exercising its sovereign right.

Lavrov said, “Haftar asked for some additional time to consider a draft ceasefire agreement between the conflicting parties in Libya.”