Paris statement calls for ceasefire and elections

Paris statement calls for ceasefire and elections

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LIBYAPROSPECT – Mohamed Rabie

The head of the Presidential Council (PC) of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, and the commander of the army of the House of Representatives (HoR), General Khalifa Haftar, issued in a suburb of Paris, on Tuesday, a joint statement.

The two sides signed the statement announcing their commitment to cease fire and include the armed elements in a unified army before preparing for presidential and parliamentary elections as soon as possible in Libya.

The two rivals said that “we commit to a ceasefire and to refrain from any use of armed force for any purpose that does not strictly constitute counter-terrorism.”

The meeting started at noon in La Celle Saint-Cloud, outside Paris under the supervision of the French President, Emmanuel Macon, in the presence of the United Nations envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, who will start his job next week.

According to a French Diplomat, Paris considers the meeting as a good sign and suits the commitment of Macron towards the Libyan situation, adding that Macron succeeded in taking a pledge from the two sides to settle the situation.

In the same context, Macron’s initiative upset some Italian politicians. The Italian Foreign Minister, Angelino Alfano, said that there are many initiatives for Libya to bring stability and fight the illegal migration that makes Italy concerned because the number of the migrants increased, which needs the cooperation on the International Community.

Macron praised “the historical courage of Al-Sarraj and Haftar,” pointing that it is possible for them to become figures for the reconciliation in Libya.

Al-Sarraj and Haftar stressed that the political solution is the only way to end the crisis in Libya, they renewed the agreement of 2015 under the supervision of the UN is still active.

The two sides clarified that ceasefire doesn’t mean the end of fighting terrorism; they called for forming a Libyan regular army.

It is worth mentioning that Al-Sarraj and Haftar met in January 2016, then they met last May again in Abu-Dhabi but didn’t come to any agreement.

Macron’s initiative is facing some obstacles according to the Libyan situation and the complicated chaos since the collapse of Gaddafi’s regime in 2011 by the end of the Libyan revolution.