Haftar agrees to resume talks on ceasefire - United Nations reveals

Clay Curtis
June 3, 2020

Libya's new government was founded in 2015 under a UN-led agreement, but efforts for a long-term political settlement failed due to the military offensive by Haftar's forces.

For more than a year, the Libyan National Army under Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar has been trying to capture the capital from the Government of National Accord headed by Fayez Al Sarraj.

The operation began Wednesday morning, with drones providing air cover, Gnounou added.

Pro-GNA TV channels and social media channels shared videos appearing to show loyalist forces entering the airport.

It still controls eastern and southern Libya, including most of the country's oil facilities, and the city of Sirte, at the centre of Libya's Mediterranean coastline.

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The fatal incident indicates that despite being pushed back on a number of fighting fronts, Hafter's forces are still able to reach the deepest parts of Tripoli.

Libya's UN-backed government forces said Tuesday that they have killed 48 soldiers of the rival eastern-based army in the south of Tripoli. Haftar is supported by neighbouring Egypt and the United Arab Emirates as well as Russian Federation.

The UN mission urged "states backing either of the belligerents to respect what was agreed at the Berlin conference" in late January, where world leaders committed to ending all foreign meddling in Libya and to uphold a much-violated arms embargo.

The interim United Nations envoy, Stephanie Williams, met with a five-member delegation representing Haftar's forces, United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, adding that a meeting with the GNA will be held within the coming days.

A military commission made up of five GNA loyalists and five Haftar delegates held talks in February, but the dialogue was suspended.

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