Libya .. Haftar refuses Turkish participation in supervising the cease-fire


Source: Arabic

Sources told Al-Arabiya and Al-Hadath that Libyan Army Commander Khalifa Hifter refuses any interference, mediation, or Turkey’s participation in supervising the ceasefire in the country, pointing out that the Russian draft ignored a number of the Libyan army’s demands.

The sources added that the item of withdrawing Turkish forces from Libya was not present in the truce, noting that Haftar is reserving not to freeze the agreement between “Al-Wefaq” and Turkey. She explained that Haftar stipulated that “Al-Wefaq” would not sign agreements without consulting the army.

The Al-Arabiya and Al-Hadath correspondent reported earlier that Haftar arrived in Benghazi after he and his accompanying delegation left Moscow on Tuesday without signing the ceasefire agreement in Libya. He added that the clashes renewed in Salah al-Din, south of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, while the Libyan National Army announced on Facebook that its members were “ready and determined to achieve victory.”

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had announced earlier that the commander of the Libyan army Khalifa Hifter’s postponement of the signing of the truce continuation document. Meanwhile, the Turkish Foreign Minister, Chawishoglu, stated that Haftar asked for a deadline until Tuesday morning.

A military source at the General Command of the Libyan Army told that Haftar would stipulate the disbanding of the armed militias and the handing over of their weapons before signing the agreement to continue the armistice between his forces and the forces of the Al-Wefaq government, who have been fighting for months on the capital, Tripoli.

The source explained that Haftar and his accompanying delegation will review all the terms of the agreement From all sides to find the gaps in it and study its results before deciding on it. He stressed, “Haftar will not sign the agreement if it is not amended by adding a clause stipulating the disbanding, dismantling and disarming of militias, because he does not recognize them and sees stability in Libya only after disposal of them.”

The Libyan draft agreement called on both parties to stop all offensive military actions, with the formation of a military committee to determine the line of communication between the warring parties.

According to Reuters, the draft agreement included reciprocal steps to stabilize Tripoli and other cities in Libya.

Earlier, sources reported that there are major gaps in the draft agreement between the Libyan parties. On Monday, however, the Libyan army confirmed that its forces remained in place and did not withdraw from the capital, Tripoli.

Haftar and al-Sarraj had arrived in Moscow on Monday for talks to reach a ceasefire.

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