Libya’s NTC does not intend to negotiate with Haftar

The government of national accord (GNA) of Libya does not intend to negotiate with the head of the Libyan national army, Khalifa Haftar, said the head of the GNA Fayez Sarraj on Thursday.

Sarraj arrived in Ankara for a one-day working visit and held talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

“Haftar who commits a war crime should be punished as he deserves. I say to the putschists: this is the beginning of your end. Get your hands off Libya. We will not stop until we have finished with the enemy. We will not allow their leader to negotiate; we consider him illegitimate,” Sarraj said at a press conference in Ankara.

He thanked Turkey and Erdogan for the support provided to the NTC in the fight against Haftar and added that he would like Turkish companies to continue working in Libya.

After the overthrow and murder of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya effectively ceased to function as a single state. Now the country is ruled by dual power. In the East, the Parliament is elected by the people. In the West, in the capital Tripoli, the Government of national accord, formed with the support of the UN and the European Union, led by Sarraj, rules. The authorities in the Eastern part of the country operate independently of Tripoli and cooperate with the Libyan national army led by Marshal Haftar, who has not stopped trying to capture Tripoli since April 2019.

An international conference on Libya was held in Berlin on January 19 with the participation of Russia, the United States, Turkey, Egypt, and several other countries, as well as the EU and the UN. The primary outcome of the conference was a call by its participants for a ceasefire in Libya and a commitment to refrain from interfering in the conflict, observing the arms embargo on the parties. Also, the participants of the meeting proposed to create a Committee to monitor the implementation of the ceasefire agreement.

Author: Steve Cowan
Graduated From Princeton University. He has been at the Free Press since October 2014. Previously worked as a regional entertainment editor.
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