Lack of trust between warring parties clouds Libya’s future after Berlin

epa08141595 A woman holds a flag of Libya during a demonstration in front of German chancellery where the International Libya Conference is taking place in Berlin, Germany, 19 January 2020. World leaders gather in the German capital for the International Libya Conference in order to support the peace efforts of the United Nations (UN) to bring about an end to the conflict in Libya. EPA-EFE/HAYOUNG JEON

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Chairman of the Presidential Council (PC) Fayez al-Sarraj expressed Sunday his doubts that Khalifa Haftar has any intentions to reach any agreements in the future. “Our long experience in dealing with Haftar reinforces that he will seek power at any cost,” Sarraj insisted.

The PC head told a German News Agency that it was the international division and negative external interventions that contributed to fuelling the Libyan crisis.

The Berlin conference was an opportunity to unify the international position towards the Libyan crisis,” Sarraj said. According to Libya Observer, Sarraj explained that the memorandum of understanding with Turkey will allow the GNA to receive military support to confront the aggressor who received and is still seeking significant military support from several countries, not to mention the Russian mercenaries and others from Sudan and Chad, which evidence have been documented internationally.

Regarding accusations leveled against Turkey of transferring Syrian mercenaries to Libya, Sarraj stressed that nothing like that exists. “Publication of such news is aimed to mislead public opinion,” he said, underscoring that they will continue to fight until the aggression is reversed in full.

Meanwhile the Tripoli-based House of Representatives (HoR) discussed on Monday, the formation of a dialogue team to represent it in Geneva talks. It was also agreed that members of the team are to be selected on a constituency basis and to take into account the representation of women and the social dimension.

The MP’s were given until Wednesday to consult and prepare the final list of the dialogue team.

The UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame said there are three tracks that his mission has started working on in the country after Berlin conference; political, economic and military ones.

Via Libya Observer 

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