Libyan Groups Agree on Ceasefire

Macron hosted a talk between Serraj and Haftar in Paris, Photo: Macron's Facebook page
Macron hosted a talk between Serraj and Haftar in Paris, Photo: Macron's Facebook page

Khalifa Hafter, the military commander based in the remote east of Libya and Prime Minister Fayez Serraj have agreed on a nationwide ceasefire.

This ceasefire, however, excludes the fights against terrorism. The leaders have agreed to hold talk on early presidential and parliamentary elections.

“We commit to a ceasefire and to refrain from any use of armed force for any purpose that does not strictly constitute counterterrorism,” Serraj and Haftar said in a joint declaration after a talk hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron.

Mr. Macron said, “Libyan people deserve this peace, we owe it to them … the Mediterranean needs this peace.”

President Macron has praised both Haftar and Serraj of showing ‘historic courage’ by agreeing on ceasefire. Mr. Macron said after the talk that an early election in Libya could be held by the spring in 2018.

Mr. Macron said, “Libyan people deserve this peace, we owe it to them … the Mediterranean needs this peace.”

Expecting success for the ceasefire, Mr. Macron said, “I think today the cause of peace has made great progress.”

The challenge is to create a state which is capable of addressing the Libyans’ basic needs and equipped with a regular, unified army under the authority of civilian power.

This is necessary for controlling Libya’s territory and borders in order to combat terrorist groups and the trafficking of arms and migrants, but also with a view to the return of stable institutional life.

This talk, however, is not the first of its kind. All the Libyan peace talks held before failed to ensure peace. The last time the groups had talks was in May, hosted by the UAE.

To convince the groups directly not involved in the talk for peace could be the main challenge for the leaders joined the talks with President Macron in Paris.

 


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