Following discussions on Saturday in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sissi, Marshal Haftar, a strong man from eastern Libya, supported a weapon of arms from Monday in the conflict that opposed him government forces.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sissi on Saturday, June 6, presented a new peace initiative for Libya by proposing, together with Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who controls the east of the country, the establishment of an elected council and the introduction of a weapons weapon from Monday, June 8.
The plan was presented following the failure of Marshal Haftar’s offensive against Tripoli and also includes a call for negotiations in Geneva and the withdrawal of all foreign fighters from Libya, added Abdel Fattah al Sissi, also accompanied by the President of Libyan Eastern Parliament, Aguila Saleh.
In the conflict against the government forces, the strong man from eastern Libya backed a weapon of arms from Monday.
“Dismantling of militia” and “surrender of weapons”
The initiative, called the “Cairo Declaration”, calls for “foreign mercenaries from all over Libya” to be recalled, “the dismantling of the militias and the surrender of weapons,” says Abdel Fattah alSissi.
According to him, the initiative opens the way for the formation of an elected presidential council in Libya and prevents “extremist groups and militias” from controlling the country’s resources.
شرفت اليوم بلقاء كل من المستشار عقيلة صالح والمشير خليفة حفتر القائد العام للقوات المسلحة الليبية بقصر الاتحادية صباح اليوم, والذي أسفر عن إعلان القاهرة لمبادرة ليبية ليبية لإنهاء الأزمة والوصول إلى تسوية سلمية تتضمن وحدة وسلامة المؤسسات الوطنية وعودة ليبيا بقوة إلى المجتمع الدولي pic.twitter.com/go1Yh55YEo
– Abdelfattah Elsisi (@AlsisiOfficial) June 6, 2020
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian “welcomed the result achieved” by Egypt during an interview with its counterpart Sameh Choukry, said Quai d’Orsay in a press release.
“He emphasized that the priorities should go to the immediate cessation of hostilities and the swift closure of a ceasefire” and insisted on “the importance of reaching agreement between Libyan institutions (…) and the organization of parliamentary and presidential elections,” the French Foreign Ministry added .
Tripoli President of Parliament rejects the plan
Since Muammar Gaddafi was thrown in 2011, Libya has had no stable institutions. For more than five years, competing governments and parliaments have ruled the West for some and others for the East.
Abdel Fattah al Sissi’s proposed peace plan comes just days after the failure of the offensive launched in April 2019 by Marshal Haftar at Tripoli, where the Libyan Government for National Understanding (GEN), recognized by the UN.
Tripoli parliament president Khaled al Mechri rejected this plan stemming from him from a defeated force, according to Al Djazira.
After repelling the offensive in Tripoli, GEN forces continued to advance, and Marshal Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) was forced to retreat from Al Wachka, west of the coastal city of Sirte, the sources said on both sides.
Several weapons projects
Egypt, together with the United Arab Emirates and Russia, were the side of the ANL but this support has been insufficient in light of the military support provided by Turkey in recent months.
In a brief statement following the presentation of the Egyptian plan, Khalifa Haftar said he hoped Abdel Fattah al Sissi could make “urgent and effective efforts to force Turkey to completely stop the transfer of arms and mercenaries to Libya”.
Many weapons projects and attempts to start peace talks have already failed for Libya. In recent days, however, the United Nations has been involved in separate discussions with the two war camps in recent days in an attempt to cease fire.