World powers agree to respect arms embargo in Libya’s war

World powers agree to respect arms embargo in Libya’s war

World powers agree to respect arms embargo in Libya’s war

Speaking to reporters travelling with him on the plane following the conference in Berlin, Erdogan said that Turkey's efforts regarding Libya have brought balance to the process.

Ahead of Sunday's Libya conference in Berlin, Turkey's president told his Russian counterpart that the meeting should ensure a cease-fire and political dialogue for peace in Libya.

The participation of so many major powers embroiled in the conflict signalled a renewed sense of urgency to stop spiralling violence, but the future of what was agreed upon depends in large part on the good faith of the signatories and their ability to load pressure on their Libyan allies, both of which remain seriously in doubt.

Pompeo also held talks on the sidelines of the Berlin summit with Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, another country involved in the Libyan conflict.

Turkey signed at the end of a year ago a maritime agreement with Libya's UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) to set up an exclusive economic zone from Turkey's southern coast to Libya's northeast shores.

But he warned that "proxy conflicts" only come to an end when the external powers decide they should. Merkel said "that is a question for the real cease-fire".

But talks last week for a permanent ceasefire deal ended without an agreement after Haftar left Moscow without signing the deal.

Most recently, Mr Sarraj's troops in Tripoli have been under attack since April from Mr Haftar's forces.

The summit's final statement said the participants "call on all actors to refrain from any activities exacerbating the conflict or inconsistent with the (U.N.) arms embargo or the ceasefire, including the financing of military capabilities or the recruitment of mercenaries".

A United Nations arms embargo has been in place since 2011, but enforcement has been weak and foreign powers have supplied their Libyan allies.

Erdogan said Turkey's presence in Libya raises hopes for peace.

"Only time will tell how honest these commitments are. we'll have to see whether weapons continue to arrive and whether fighters are shipped in or not", said Gazzini. That agreement would likely be nullified if General Haftar's forces prevail.

In the coming days, a meeting between five military officials from each side is expected.

Both the German leader and United Nations secretary-general António Guterres emphasised at a press conference in Berlin that the leaders agreed there could be no military solution to the ongoing conflict in the country. Previously, al-Serraj had named only three and Haftar none. "I had the opportunity to speak on behalf of the Greek government and to describe the Berlin conclusions, initially, as a good first step", Dendias said.

Haftar did not meet Sarraj in Berlin, and neither leader was present at the "family photograph" attended by 11 world leaders, nor at any signing ceremony.

"We have really forged very good, constructive, trusting relations in nearly all areas where we work". "But all of these are very fragile, and the chances of spoiling them, boycotting them, and putting up a fuss in the course of these meetings, is huge".

The Berlin summit also sought to secure a cease-fire between forces of Libya's UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli and Libya's Russian-backed rebel leader, General Khalifa Haftar, whose Libyan National Army (LNA) headquarters are in the city of Tobruk.

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