Libya peace talks in Moscow fall short of ceasefire deal

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In talks that lasted about eight hours, mediators Russia and Turkey urged the rivals to sign a binding truce to end a nine-month-old war and pave the way for a settlement that would stabilize the North African country.Fayez al-Serraj, who heads Libya’s Tripoli-based internationally recognized government, signed the ceasefire agreement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

But Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Khalifa Haftar, commander of the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) faction that has been trying to take the capital Tripoli, had asked for more time to consider the ceasefire.

“Today we can report that some progress was made,” Lavrov told reporters at the elegant 19th century Moscow mansion where the talks were held.

Cavusoglu told reporters Haftar wanted to have until Tuesday morning to make up his mind.

The Russo-Turkish push, which involved laborious indirect contacts between the two Libyan delegations, is the latest attempt to end chaos that has engulfed the oil-producing country since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011.

Russia’s TASS news agency reported that Serraj had refused to engage in direct talks with Haftar, forcing Russian and Turkish diplomats to act as go-betweens.

The two men last met in Abu Dhabi in February last year before talks broke down over a power-sharing deal and Haftar moved his troops on Tripoli in April, expanding his control beyond the east and south.
Speaking alongside Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in Ankara, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said his country was working to ensure that a ceasefire in Libya would become permanent.


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I feel such a deep warmth in my heart! Putin gets my vote for the Nobel Peace Prize. Hang in their Vlad it's always darkest before the dawn. Your desire to bring peace to our troubled world is an inspiration to us all. I know that your sole interest in Libya is the cessation of hostilities and that you have no interest in oil whatsoever. Hold on a minute this burning in my bosom is getting a little intense. (Taking a bicarbonate). Um - sorry - it looks like that warmth in my chest was mostly, you know, gas.
I apologize to everybody on this site, and to any KGB agents (past or present) that had to translate all this hot air.