Tripoli: Al-Sarraj accepts ceasefire
Tripoli-based administration of Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez al-Sarraj has also declared ceasefire as part of an initiative proposed by Russia and Turkey, reads the statement posted on its Facebook page.
“In response to a call of Turkish and Russian Presidents Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin, the head of the presidential council [who acts as the head of state, this body is led by al-Sarraj] and commander-in-chief of the Libyan Army declare ceasefire starting from January 12,” the statement said.
The communique outlines a number of steps that that GNA plans to take in order to implement ceasefire. In particular, it declares that military committees proposed by both sides should immediately start working on the measures guaranteeing ceasefire under the UN auspices.
Al-Sarraj’s administration has also confirmed that it supports the course towards political settlement through the Berlin conference for arranging a nationwide meeting attended by all parties to the Libyan conflict. It also recalled that it has a legal right to protect itself, responding to any possible attack or aggression of the other party.
On January 11, the Libyan National Army led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar also declared its agreement to stop combat actions. LNA Spokesman General Ahmed al-Mesmari announced a ceasefire from midnight on January 12 local time (01:00 Moscow time). He demanded that the opposite side back the ceasefire, vowing to give a harsh response in case of its refusal.
The Presidents of Russia and Turkey called on all parties in the conflict to declare ceasefire starting from January 12 after their meeting in Istanbul on January 8.