UN calls for ‘immediate ceasefire’ in Libya, Haftar announces general mobilization of forces

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The head of the UN urged Saturday an “immediate ceasefire” in war-weary Libya where the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) fights forces affiliated with Gen. Khalifa Haftar.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wants a “return to political dialogue by all parties,” the UN said in a statement. “Any foreign support to the warring parties will only deepen the ongoing conflict and further complicate efforts to reach a peaceful and comprehensive political solution.”

Emphasizing the continued violations of the UN Security Council (UNSC) arms embargo imposed in 2011 would make matters worse, the statement said “strict adherence to the embargo is essential for creating an environment favorable to a cessation of hostilities.

Meanwhile Haftar accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of attempting to revive the Ottoman legacy in Libya and across the region, the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) said in a televised address.

Haftar called on the Libyans to unite and take up arms “against the colonizer,” he said in response to Turkey’s intention to send troops to the capital, Tripoli.

The eastern commander said that victory by the Libyan National Army in Tripoli was almost at reach, stressing that the battle “will now become a war in the face of a colonialist.”

“The battle for Tripoli is coming to its end. Nobody should have doubts that the capital will be liberated,” Haftar said. “We accept the challenge and I announce countering and the general mobilization against any foreign troops that will be sent to our country,” he added.

The Turkey’s parliament passed earlier a bill that would allow the government to send troops to Libya. Turkish President Erdogan has said on numerous occasions before that Turkey was ready to send troops to Libya at Tripoli’s request. On November 28, Ankara and Tripoli signed a memorandum on cooperation, which particularly covers the defence field.

Currently, Libya has two supreme executive authorities, namely the internationally-recognized Tripoli-based Government of National Accord headed by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, and the interim government of Abdullah al-Thani, seated in the east of the country, along with the elected parliament, which is supported by the Libyan National Army headed by Haftar.

 

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