A joint international effort is needed to achieve lasting peace in Libya, say Turkish observers, commenting on the latest round of the Libyan talks in Moscow arranged by Turkey and Russia.
On Monday, representatives of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA) met in Moscow to sign a ceasefire deal brokered by Turkey and Russia.
Though LNA leader Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar left Moscow without inking the accords, requesting extra time to study the document, the delegation of the Presidential Council of the GNA and the High Council of State put their signature to the ceasefire agreement.
On 12 January, Libyan forces loyal to Haftar announced a truce in the country’s western region, including the capital Tripoli, starting 10:01 p.m. (GMT), with their adversaries supporting the initiative. The move came amid the LNA’s longstanding offensive on Tripoli, which was launched in April 2019.
Russia and Turkey Set Perfect Examples in Syria, Libya
Russo-Turkish cooperation in Libya is “of paramount importance to ensure stability and peace in the region”, opines Ahmet Berat Conkar, an AKP lawmaker and deputy head of the Turkish delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
“We had the opportunity to observe the important positive results that the joint actions of Turkey and Russia within the framework of the Syrian settlement process,” Conkar says. “Similarly, Turkey and Russia brought to the table an issue of…