On January 14th, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar left Moscow without signing the Libya ceasefire.
After more than eight hours of talks, the head of Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj signed the deal.
The Libyan National Army’s Commander Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar left without signing the agreement, after asking for the night think it over, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
“The draft [agreement] ignores many of the Libyan army’s demands,” Haftar was quoted as saying by the Al Arabiya television network.
On his way back, Haftar’s airplane avoided Turkish airspace and flew a longer distance for that purpose.
Haftar is in Amman: Moscow talks on #Libya collapsed. Haftar‘s Dassault Falcon 900 flew from Moscow Sheremetyevo, first to Amman Queen Alia but then changed airport to Amman Marka (Avoiding Turkish airspace, the plane flew a longer route) pic.twitter.com/8xfCyARp8r
— Yörük Işık (@YorukIsik) January 14, 2020
On January 13th, inter-Libyan negotiations were held with the participation of representatives of the Russian Federation and Turkey.
The GNA Foreign Minister Mohamed Taher Siala told RIA Novosti, that the GNA delegation signed an agreement, and then went to Istanbul.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the Moscow talks on Libya “highly productive”, despite the refusal of the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar to sign the ceasefire.
“Initially, Haftar said yes, and then no, and, unfortunately, he departed from Moscow without signing. Our colleagues put their signatures, we completed our part, the rest is in Mr. Putin’s field,” Erdogan said.
Erdogan noted that, despite this, he is ready to take part in the conference on Libya in Berlin on January 19th.
According to him, representatives of Germany, Russia, Italy, the United Arab Emirates and the United States will take part in the meeting to assess the situation.
Erdogan also stressed that Ankara is ready to “teach Haftar a lesson.”
“We will not hesitate to teach a lesson to the putchist Haftar if he continues his attacks on the country’s legitimate administration and our brothers in Libya,” he said.
Erdogan further said that Libya was a legacy of the Ottoman empire and that Turkey had to protect it.
اردوغان قبل قليل:
ليبيا هي إرث للدولة العثمانية ولدينا أبنائنا من الكرغل هناك يجب ان ندافع عليهم pic.twitter.com/Sac9ht7AAX
— بـــدر الرّابحي (@bader_alrabhy) January 14, 2020
“Libya is a legacy of the Ottoman Empire and we have our Kuloğlu children there. We must defend them.”
During the meeting, the parties discussed the possibility and conditions of de-escalation in the region, but failed to reach consensus.
The negotiations did not include the GNA and LNA leaders meeting face to face, but Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said there was “progress” and that Haftar viewed the ceasefire document “positively,” despite not signing it.
On January 14th, the LNA Spokesperson posted on Facebook that they were “ready and determined” to achieve victory in their months-long campaign to seize the capital from the GNA.
Clashes in Tripoli are continuing, currently at a smaller scale.
Need I say. No ceasefire. Quieted down again. But its real pic.twitter.com/EykhaPN5kI
— Oldmomma (@oldmommatajuri) January 14, 2020
Heavy gunfire was reported in Salah al-Din and Ain Zara in Tripoli.
— Alwasat Libya (@alwasatengnews) January 13, 2020
The LNA is preparing to renew its offensive in full force, as the GNA reported the enemy was positioning its forces to the south of Tripoli and preparing for an attack.
عاجل | الناطق الرسمي باسم قوات حكومة الوفاق الليبية: رصدنا تحريك قوات حفتر للمسلحين بمحاور القتال جنوب #طرابلس
— الجزيرة – عاجل (@AJABreaking) January 14, 2020
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