TURKEY AND RUSSIA AGREE AGAINST MILITARY SOLUTION IN LIBYA


23/07/2020




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

Turkish Foreign Ministry stated the two countries would continue joint efforts, including encouraging the Libyan sides to the conflict, to create "conditions for a lasting and sustainable ceasefire."

The 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 two countries will meet again in Moscow in the near future to discuss the formation of terms for a ceasefire in Libya.

Libya's legitimate government has been under attack by Haftar’s forces since last April, and more than 1,000 people have been killed. Haftar is supported by France, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Russia while the UN-recognized government is backed by Turkey, Qatar and Italy.


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