A ceasefire agreement in Berlin between the two factions in Libya has completely fallen apart. It isn’t the time taken by Haftar to sign across the dotted line but apparently a Turkish threat which has led to the breakdown in the painstaking attempt to create a bridge of peace.
Turkish threats to “teach a lesson” to Libyan strongman Gen. Khalifa Haftar did not go well with him, owing to the fact that he was already enraged with Erdogan’s interference in what he terms as the ‘internal matter of our country’. On January 13, Haftar left the Libya Summit held in Berlin after long discussions with Russian counterparts. He has then asked for more time to consider before signing the agreement of truce. Head of UN-recognized government Fayez Al-Sarraj and Haftar had not met each other face-to-face, then.
But Haftar has been extremely resentful otherwise. He has not liked Turkish forces marching into Tripoli, on the pretext of merely being present in the capacity of providing assistance in establishing peace and getting the place rid of terrorists. However, political analysts are all pointing to Turkey’s interest in the country’s fossil fuel reserves and how it is going to create a safe passage for them to access the Mediterranean Sea.
But it is now going to the German Chancellor Angela Merkel that will try and bring together Haftar and Fayez Al-Sarraj on the same plane. Officials from Turkey and Russia will also be joining. The heat has been intensifying as Haftar been trying to take control of Tripoli since April 2019.
Another aim of the Berlin talks is to introduce an arms embargo on the warring factions, both of which are supported by major regional and global players. But there is no denying that international intervention has truly led to the breakdown of any possibility of ending the civil war and conflict.
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