The Address | Benghazi – Libya
ISTANBUL – Turkey and Russia called for a cease-fire in war-torn Libya on Wednesday.
Following a meeting in Istanbul, the Turkish and Russian presidents called for the cease-fire to start at midnight on Jan. 12.
“Seeking a military solution to the ongoing conflict in Libya only causes further suffering and deepens the divisions among Libyans. Securing an immediate cease-fire is the foremost priority to start an inclusive intra-Libyan political process under the U.N. auspices,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin said in a joint statement
“We have been following with great concern the recent developments, particularly the intensified fighting around Tripoli, in long suffering Libya,” Putin and Erdogan said.
“The worsening situation in Libya is undermining the security and stability of Libya’s wider neighborhood, the entire Mediterranean region, as well as the African continent, triggering irregular migration, further spread of weapons, terrorism and other criminal activities including illicit trafficking.”
In April, the Libyan National Army (LNA) launched a military operation to fight against militias and terrorist groups, which have been the main cause of chaos in the capital since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. In response, the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) forged an alliance with these militias, claiming that LNA wants to overthrow Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj.