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Libya, al-Sarraj: "Negotiations without meaning without permanent ceasefire"


For al-Sarraj, Haftar cannot be a partner for peace because he cannot negotiate while being bombed

Fayez al Sarraj and Khalifa Belqasim Haftar

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by Tiziana Di Giovannandrea 15 February 2020 Tripoli is still being shot. The situation remains confusing and complicated and the head of the government recognized by the United Nations, Fayez al-Sarraj, accused his rival-enemy, General Khalifa Haftar "of not being a partner for peace" because "we cannot negotiate as long as we are bombed and there are bloodshed and infrastructure destruction. "

This is what al-Sarraj said during a press conference broadcast live on television. The prime minister called for "severe international measures" to end the continuing ceasefire violations. Otherwise the Government of Tripoli National Agreement (GNA), "will be forced to retaliate".

The Libyan leader then warned that foreign support would only "prolong" the conflict in the country. "Haftar supporters must understand that they have lost their bet" by supporting the General, said Sarraj.

A dispute between the two men, but not only - also considering the Tuareg fighters, the Tubu militias and the part of territory controlled by the 'Islamic State' - full of contradictions in a territory divided into several parts with about 140 tribes and 230 militias armies where everyone tries to expand and consolidate their control.

A dispute where foreign countries also enter with composite and overlapping coalitions, now supporting one another now: from NATO -Turkey and France belong to the same alliance but Paris supports Haftar while Erdogan solidarity with al-Sarraj -; to the UN - Russia and France, permanent members of the Security Council, do not support the leader that the United Nations has officially recognized as unique and legitimate -. Finally, the Sunni world - Egypt and Saudi Arabia are enemies of the Muslim Brotherhood, which instead Turkey and Qatar also financially support.

Source: rainews

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