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German Foreign Ministry: Ceasefire wasn’t guaranteed before because Haftar was hindering it

The German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said moving from the truce to a permanent ceasefire in Libya is going to happen through the 5+5 military commission, adding that such a thing was guaranteed in the past as Khalifa Haftar was getting in the way of it.

The German Foreign Minister added in a joint press conference with the German Chancellor and the UN Secretary General as well as the UN envoy to Libya that they would form a committee to follow up on the conclusions they had reached in Berlin under the auspices of the UN, saying it will start working next February.

He added that the next step will be gathering the conflict parties in Libya to discuss ceasefire and start the political process, saying both Al-Sarraj and Haftar agreed on being open to solutions to the shutdown of oil fields and ports.

Meanwhile, the Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres has urged the Libyan parties to engage in a dialogue of good intention to resolve the political, economic and military issues.

Guterres added that all people directly or indirectly involved in the conflict in Libya should exert more efforts to end hostilities, saying thee can be no military solution to the crisis in Libya.

“We welcome the ceasefire that was proposed by Turkey and Russia and we will work together to boost the arrangements for the ceasefire consolidation.” He said.

The UN Secretary General called on all the parties to turn words to actions as the international community’s credibility is at stake, saying the UN will fully support all efforts in that regard.

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