AU Welcomes Libya’s Ceasefire Agreement

ADDIS ABEBA – The Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat has welcomed the acceptance by the parties in Libya of a ceasefire on Sunday.

Libya’s warring rivals are expected to sign a deal on the terms of an internationally brokered ceasefire on Monday in the Russian capital Moscow, the AFP news agency reports.

The ceasefire officially started on Sunday after pressure from Russia and Turkey, but broke within hours of its taking effect.

The head of Libya’s UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Serraj and his rival Gen Khalifa Haftar are expected to sign the agreement.

In a statement issued today, AUC’s chairperson Mahamat expresses hope that the meeting between the parties in Moscow “will lead to a permanent cessation of hostilities”.

The Chairperson has also called on the parties to ensure safe corridors for the provision of humanitarian assistance particularly in the areas of Tarik al-Sidra, Tarik al-Shok and Salahaddin in the capital Tripoli.

Libya has been wracked by conflict since the 2011 uprising which ousted long-time strongman Col Muammar Gaddafi.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin called for a ceasefire when they met in Istanbul last week. Turkey last week sent troops to help Government of National Accord forces.

Image: It is unclear if Gen Khalifa Haftar (L) will meet directly with his rival Fayez al-Serraj [Photo BBC]

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