Libya's PC denies negotiations with Haftar's forces, demands UN fact-finding mission

Libya's PC denies negotiations with Haftar's forces, demands UN fact-finding mission

April 21, 2019 - 19:34
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The spokesman for the Presidential Council's government Muhannad Younis denied Saturday any negotiations with Abdelrazik Al-Nathori or any other figures from Khalifa Haftar's forces.

The spokesman reaffirmed that the Libyan Army forces under Presidential Council's command are continuing to foil the attack of Haftar's forces on Tripoli.

The statement denied news circulated on social media about negotiations between Libyan Army forces and Haftar's forces Chief of Staff Al-Nathori about a ceasefire in Tripoli.

In the meantime, the Head of Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj called for a UN Security Council fact-finding mission in Tripoli to document violations by Haftar's attacking forces, including supplying Haftar's forces with weapons.

"Haftar's forces have killed civilians and displaced many others of them, using underaged boys in the war on Tripoli and using airstrikes and artillery shelling on residential areas and Mitiga Airport, let alone targeting schools and field hospitals." Al-Sarraj remarked, hailing the countries who called for the halt of the offensive on Tripoli.

Al-Sarraj accused Haftar's forces of using foreign aircraft to strike Tripoli, based on Ahmed Al-Mismari's statement on last Thursday, when he said "friend aircraft" had helped them in airstrikes.

"This call is a test for the international community and its credibility as to whether or not it wishes to find the facts behind what's going on in Tripoli." Al-Sarraj added.

He said Libya will never sit idly by and wait for the conflicts in the world and the region to characterize its future, adding that his government will defeat the offensive against Tripoli.