Fighting in Tripoli, the capital of the North African nation of Libya, resumed today after peace talks in Moscow between the warring parties failed.
Armed clashes resumed early on Tuesday in the south of the Libyan capital Tripoli as commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar left Moscow without signing a ceasefire agreement, the Al Arabiya TV channel reported, wrote Russian state news agency TASS.
According to local media reports, Haftar and President of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives Aguila Saleh Issa have left Moscow without signing a ceasefire deal with the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez al-Sarraj.
“The speaker of the House of Representatives and the commander-in-chief of the Libyan Arab armed forces left the Russian capital of Moscow and departed for Libya, without signing any agreements with the head of the unconstitutional Government of National Accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, regarding ceasefire or troop pullback from areas controlled by the army in the country’s capital Tripoli,” the Libyan News Agency (LANA), active in the east of the country, said.
Sky News Arabia earlier reported that during the indirect talks in Moscow, Haftar insisted on allowing his troops to enter Tripoli and on forming a national unity government that would receive a vote of confidence from the Tobruk-based parliament. The field marshal also called for international monitoring of ceasefire without Turkey’s participation and demanded immediate withdrawal of mercenaries “who arrived from Syria and Turkey.”
At the same time, Sarraj wanted Haftar’s forces to retreat to positions they had occupied before April 4, 2019, when LNA announced it was advancing towards the country’s capital city. He also insisted on retaining the post of the supreme commander-in-chief of the Libyan armed forces. According to the channel’s sources, those demands became the main bone of contention for the sides during their talks in Moscow, wrote TASS.
The Government of National Accord, or GNA, is the UN-backed government in Tripoli, holding on to power. Turkish and Syrian mercenaries are supporting the GNA. However, General Khalifa Haftar, supported by Russian mercenaries, controls most of the out-lying areas of the country.
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