Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced a new initiative for a truce in Libya, which provides for a cease-fire and conditions for a political settlement.
“The inter-Libyan initiative is aimed at ending the fighting, it includes the withdrawal of foreign fighters and the disarmament of groups,” al-Sisi said after a meeting with the commander of the Libyan national army, Marshal Khalifa Haftar, and the head of the House of Representatives sitting in Eastern Libya, Akila Saleh.
According to him, the initiative also involves the equal representation of the three regions in the presidential Council, the unification of state institutions in Libya, and the adoption of a constitutional Declaration.
Cairo supports the inter-Libyan agreement to a ceasefire from 06: 00 on July 8, al-Sisi added, noting that the initiative also calls for respect for all international efforts, the withdrawal of foreign mercenaries, and the conquest of groups.
“We warn any side in Libya against intending to continue considering a military solution to the crisis in the country,” the Egyptian President concluded.
After the overthrow and murder of 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 Fayez 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 Khalifa Haftar, who has not stopped trying to capture Tripoli since April 2019.
In January, Berlin hosted an international conference on Libya with the participation of Russia, the United States, Turkey, Egypt, and other countries, as well as the EU and the UN. The participants called for a ceasefire in Libya and pledged to refrain from interfering in the conflict and comply with the arms embargo on the parties. Also, they proposed the creation of a Committee to monitor the implementation of the ceasefire agreement.