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US News Egypt proposes a new plan for Libya, Marshal Haftar agrees on a cease-fire

20:50  06 june  2020
20:50  06 june  2020 Source:   france24.com

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Le président égyptien Abdel Fattah al Sissi (à droite), aux côté du maréchal libyen Khalifa Haftar, le 9 mai 2019 au Caire. © Egyptian Presidency, AFP Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sissi (right), alongside Libyan Marshal Khalifa Haftar, May 9, 2019 in Cairo.

After discussions on Saturday in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sissi, Marshal Haftar, a strong man from eastern Libya, supported a ceasefire from Monday in the conflict. opposing government forces.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sissi presented, on Saturday June 6, a new peace initiative for Libya by proposing, alongside Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who controls the east of the country, the creation of an elected council and the introduction of a cease-fire from Monday 8 June.

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Presented after the failure of a Marshal Haftar offensive on Tripoli , the plan also includes a call for negotiations in Geneva and the withdrawal of all foreign fighters from Libya, added Abdel Fattah al Sissi, also accompanied by the President of the Libyan Eastern Parliament, Aguila Saleh.

In the conflict against government forces, the strong man from eastern Libya, supported a ceasefire from Monday.

"Dismantling of militias" and "surrender of arms"

The initiative, dubbed the "Cairo Declaration", calls for the withdrawal of "foreign mercenaries from all over Libya", the "dismantling of militias and the surrender of arms" , said Abdel Fattah al Sissi.

According to him, the initiative opens the way to the formation of an elected presidential council in Libya and prevents "extremist groups and militias" from controlling the country's resources.

Libya: pro-GNA take over Tripoli international airport (spokesperson)

 Libya: pro-GNA take over Tripoli international airport (spokesperson) © Provided by Le Point Forces of the Libyan Government of National Unity (GNA) announced Wednesday that they have regained control of international airport from Tripoli, out of service since 2014, after heavy fighting against the forces loyal to Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the strong man from eastern Libya. "Our forces have fully liberated Tripoli international airport," pro-GNA forces spokesman Mohamad Gnounou said in a statement.

The French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, "hailed the result obtained" by Egypt, during an interview with his counterpart Sameh Choukry, said the Quai d'Orsay in a press release .

"He stressed that priority should go to the immediate cessation of hostilities and the rapid conclusion of a cease-fire" and insisted on "the importance of achieving the unification of Libyan institutions (.. .) and the organization of parliamentary and presidential elections, "added the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The President of the Tripoli Parliament rejects the

plan Since the 2011 overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has no stable institutions. For more than five years, competing governments and parliaments have ruled the west for some, and others for the east.

Abdel Fattah al Sissi's proposed peace plan comes just days after the failure of the offensive launched in April 2019 by Marshal Haftar on Tripoli, where the recognized Libyan government of national understanding (GEN) sits by the UN.

In Libya, GNA forces say they control all of Tripoli and its suburbs

 In Libya, GNA forces say they control all of Tripoli and its suburbs © Provided by Le Point Union government (GNA) forces said on Thursday that it controlled all of Tripoli and its suburbs, in the wake of a series of reverse of Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the strong man of eastern Libya, after more than a year of fighting at the gates of the capital. "Our heroic forces have full control of the administrative borders of Greater Tripoli," proclaimed the spokesman for pro-GNA forces, Mohamad Gnounou, in a brief statement on Facebook .

The president of the Parliament of Tripoli, Khaled al Mechri, rejected this plan emanating from him from a defeated force , according to Al Djazira.

After repelling the offensive on Tripoli, GEN forces continued to advance and Marshal Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) was forced to withdraw from Al Wachka, west of the coastal town of Sirte, sources from both sides said.

Multiple truce projects

Egypt, along with the United Arab Emirates and Russia, took the side of the ANL but this support was insufficient in view of the military support provided in recent months to GEN by the Turkey.

In a brief statement after the presentation of the Egyptian plan, Khalifa Haftar said he hoped that Abdel Fattah al Sissi could make "urgent and effective efforts to force Turkey to completely stop the transfer of arms and mercenaries to Libya" .

Numerous truce projects and attempts to relaunch peace negotiations have already failed for Libya. However, in recent days, the United Nations has been engaged in separate discussions with the two belligerent camps in recent days to try to achieve a cease-fire.

With AFP


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