Boris Johnson Says UK Troops Could be Tasked With Peacekeeping in Libya if Ceasefire Struck

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In the latest attempt to restore stability and peace to civil-war torn Libya, on 19 January, Berlin hosted talks between its two rival administrations and international actors to find solutions to the longstanding conflict in the oil-rich North African country.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that British troops could be dispatched on a peace-keeping mission to civil-war torn Libya if a proposed ceasefire holds there.

While the final document agreed upon at the Berlin conference on Libya on Sunday makes no mention of a peace monitoring force, it does refer to technical committees for monitoring the ceasefire.

When asked whether there could be a role for UK forces in Libya, Johnson responded:

“If there is a ceasefire, yes of course, there’s a case for us doing what we do very well, sending people, experts, to monitor the ceasefire. I don’t see any ceasefire at all at the moment. That’s what we are arguing for today.”

In such an event, Downing Street officials insisted the experts would be from the UK’s Foreign Office, and the number of UK troops would be low, reported The Sun.

Comprehensive Plan for Libyan Settlement

The PM mentioned the possibility while attending an emergency one-day summit in Berlin seeking to establish an enduring ceasefire in Libya between the two main warring parties, the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez al-Sarraj, and the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by commander Khalifa…

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