A report by Anadolu Agency said that although retired Libyan Major General Khalifa Haftar agreed to a ceasefire under international pressure, he found himself “unable” to control his forces.
The report added that the refusal of leaders of the forces of Haftar, whether affiliated with the Ninth Brigade Tarhuna (entities) or loyal to the former Gaddafi regime, was one of the main reasons for his departure from the Russian capital Moscow without signing the draft agreement with the government of reconciliation.
The report, quoting several sources, said that the 9th Brigade Tarhuna was behind most of the violations of the armistice that started since Sunday.
The report said that several pages belonging to the Ninth Brigade on social networks expressed their rejection of any truce with the internationally recognized Libyan government.
The Anatolia report stated that the position of the Ninth Brigade comes because of the fear that the withdrawal of Haftar to the east of the country will weaken its political and military position, especially as the city of Tarhuna, from which most of the brigade’s elements originate, lies 90 km southeast of Tripoli and is surrounded by cities loyal to the government of reconciliation.
The report quoted sources, which he described as “well-informed,” that Haftar’s signing of a truce with Al-Wefaq forces would have caused a rift in his forces, some of which may not abide by his decisions, which would appear before the international community as weak and unable to control its forces. He might push some leaders to find a replacement.
Sites loyal to Haftar justified his failure to sign the draft agreement, not to include the draft several conditions; most notably the dissolution of all militias (referring to the forces of the reconciliation government), while the draft recently included the dissolution of some militias only (without specifying them).
Hifter also rejected any Turkish participation in supervising the ceasefire in Libya, and stipulated the withdrawal of its forces from Libya, the freezing of the agreement between them and the Libyan government, and the latter not signing agreements without referring to him, according to the same sources, but this information was not confirmed by Independent sources.
Pages loyal to Haftar also indicated that the latter stipulated that the presidential council and all the Al-Wefaq Brigades be dissolved and that its forces enter the capital Tripoli without a fight and form a unified army to be at its head.
The Al-Wefaq government, for its part, linked the cause of Haftar’s failure to sign the ceasefire to the pressure of his allies (without naming them), and its foreign minister, Muhammad al-Tahir Siyala, said: “Certainly, the pressure of allies, but it is now clear who wants peace and who wants war.”
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