Libya : Belligerents Abandon Talks in Geneva

This follows an airstrike on Tripoli by the rebel faction headed by Marshal Hafter.

Top negotiations to broker a lasting ceasefire in the civil war in Libya have faltered in Geneva (Switzerland) following rockets fire attack on the capital Tripoli by the rebel faction. The Rebel group, Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Marshal Hafter says it bombed a vessel carrying weapons from Turkey in Tripoli's port.
But the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Fayez Al-Sarraj has denied the claim and announced its withdrawal from the talks. "We are announcing the suspension of our participation in the military talks taking place in Geneva until firm positions are adopted against the aggressor", it stated in its communique. According to the UN-backed faction, there can be no peace under bombing.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan while welcoming the Tripoli government's withdrawal from the military talks in Geneva said, "If a fair agreement does not come out of the meetings in which the international community is also involved ... we will support the legitimate government in Tripoli," he reiterated.
UN Libya envoy Ghassan Salame launched the second round of talks on Tuesday in the latest international effort to end fighting between the warring sides, with five senior officers from the GNA and five appointed by Haftar's LNA taking part. A first round of talks ended with no result earlier this month but Salame said there was "more hope" this time, mainly because of the approval of a UN Security Council resolution calling for a "lasting ceasefire".
But the conflict in the oil-rich nation has been complicated by the role of foreign states. Turkey passed a controversial law in January to deploy troops to help GNA forces in Tripoli. Qatar also backs the GNA, led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj. Gen Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA), which controls much of eastern Libya, has the backing of Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Jordan. UN chief António Guterres recently termed the conflict a "proxy war".
 

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