The Address | Benghazi – Libya
MOSCOW – The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed on Monday Moscow’s hope that the Tripoli-based Government of “National Accord” (GNA) would respond quickly and constructively to the Egyptian initiative to settle the Libyan crisis.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its official website that it drew attention to the fact that a number of the provisions of the initiative, launched by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in Cairo on June 6 in the presence of Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives (HoR0 Aqila Saleh and the General Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, greatly corresponds with the content of the message that Saleh delivered on April 23.
The statement indicated that the Cairo Declaration provides for the proportional representation of the three historical regions in Libya in the institutions of the high authorities, the unification of state institutions, the development and adoption of a permanent constitution, and the holding of general elections, thus ensuring the unity and territorial integrity of the Libyan state. The initiative also stressed the leadership role of the United Nations in facilitating the establishment of a dialogue between Libyans, and the importance of implementing the decisions of the International Conference on Libya in Berlin on January 19.
The statement indicated that Russia hopes that these comprehensive proposals, agreed upon by the leaders of the eastern Libya camp, will become a solid basis for the long-awaited negotiations between the Libyan warring parties, with the aim of arranging the post-conflict situation in Libya.
It added that Moscow hopes that the authorities in Tripoli would deal promptly and with interest with the peace call that came from Cairo and respond in a constructive manner.
Earlier, GNA forces expressed their rejection of the Egyptian initiative, noting, “We did not start this war, but we are the ones who determine the time and place of its end.”