Libya talks in Moscow: breakthrough towards peace

Khalifa Haftar, head of the Libyan National Army (LNA), is still hoping to solve the Libyan issue with the Government of National Accord (GNA) by military means. He left Moscow without signing a ceasefire agreement. Haftar was not satisfied with the treaty that included the complete withdrawal of his troops from the Libyan capital. Talks in Moscow between the GNA and the LNA are a positive step in resolving the Libyan conflict, RISS expert Vladimir Fitin believes.

He recalled that the confrontation between the GNA and the LNA forces had been going on since last April. Haftar launched a military operation to seize the capital Tripoli, aiming to destroy terrorist groups and GNA forces operating there. But there were some difficulties in capturing Tripoli as the forces were almost equal and Haftar's military operation dragged on for months.

All previous attempts to resolve the situation in Libya by both the EU and the U.S. have failed. RISS expert highly assessed the importance of Libyan reconciliation talks in Moscow. "The warring sides have not communicated with each other for at least one year. Moscow managed to gather Libyan delegates for talks to discuss the draft agreement. Germany has offered to hold the next peace conference on Libya for the conflicting sides. All players in the global political arena are seeking to find an end to war in Libya. I think that President Putin's cooperation with his Western partners will be successful and the peace negotiations will be held in the near future," Fitin concluded.

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