Turkey, Russia agree to work toward a lasting ceasefire in Libya

Turkey, Russia agree to work toward a lasting ceasefire in Libya

July 22, 2020 - 20:52
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

Turkey announced on Wednesday that it had agreed with Russia that the Libyan conflict would not be resolved through military means and that it could only be settled through a UN-facilitated, Libyan-led-and-owned political process.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Ankara and Moscow would continue joint efforts, including encouraging the Libyan sides to the conflict, to create conditions for a lasting and sustainable ceasefire.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said that in high-level consultations, Ankara and Moscow agreed to facilitate the advancement of the intra-Libyan political dialogue in line with the 2020 Berlin Conference on Libya and in coordination with the UN.

The statement said that the two countries will call on the Libyan parties to take measures for the “safe humanitarian access and delivery of urgent assistance to all those in need” and will “consider” creating a Joint Working Group on Libya.

The Turkish statements were confirmed by similar remake by the Russian Foreign Ministry, which also said the two countries had agreed to pave the way for a lasting ceasefire in Libya.

The deputy foreign minister of Russia Mikhail Bogdanov told NOVA news agency Tuesday that Moscow was with the ceasefire and resumption of political dialogue in Libya.

He said Russia would work on urging all stakeholders to stick to political solution and that it would pressure Ankara and other countries to bring GNA on board for resuming the political process.