The two leaders faced in Libya, the marshal Jalifa Haftar and the head of the National Union Government Fayez al Sarraj, They plan to sign an agreement on the ceasefire modalities among their troops on Monday in Moscow, which entered into force on Sunday.
After more than nine months of deadly fighting at the gates of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, the signing of this agreement will constitute another step in the de-escalation promoted by Russia Y Turkey in a context of fear of further internationalization of the conflict.
The head of the National Union Government (GNA), recognized by the UN, Fayez al Sarraj, he called the Libyans on television on Monday “Turn the page of the past”, “reject the discord and close ranks to move towards stability and peace.”
According Jaled al Mechri, president of the State Council (equivalent to a Senate), based in Tripoli, the signing of the agreement in Moscow will pave the way for the revival of the political process.
The head of the Russian contact group in Libya, Lev Dengov, said the two rivals will have to determine in Moscow “The modalities of the future solution in Libya, including the possibility of signing an agreement on the ceasefire and its details”. Dengov said, however, that iGnora if the two men will agree to meet directly.
The leader of eastern Libya, the marshal Haftar, who since April 2019 tries in vain to seize Tripoli, He will be accompanied by his ally Aguila Salah, president of the Libyan parliament based in the east. To his rival Fayez al Sarraj He is accompanied by Jaled al Mechri, the president of the State Council.
According to a Libyan source cited by the Russian public agency Ria Novosti, Jalifa Haftar has already arrived in Moscow.
“They will have separate meetings with senior Russian officials and with the emissaries of the Turkish delegation that cooperates with Russia on this issue. It is likely that representatives from the United Arab Emirates and Egypt will attend the negotiations as observers. ”, Dengov said, cited by Russian press agencies.
Turkish Foreign Minister and Defense Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Hulusi Akar respectively, are also scheduled in Moscow on Monday.
Ankara deployed military in January to support the recognized government (GNA) of Fayez al Sarraj, while Russia, despite its denials, is suspected of backing Marshal Haftar’s troops through the supply of weapons and the arrival of mercenaries.
The ceasefire in Libya, claimed by Russia and Turkey, entered into force on Sunday at midnight, local time. He was applauded by the European Union (EU), the United States, the UN and the Arab League.
Libya, an oil country, has been in chaos since the fall of the Muammar Gaddafi regime in 2011 after a popular revolt and military intervention led by France, the United Kingdom and the United States.
(With information from AFP)