Ghassan Salama: Hifter's conditions regarding the withdrawal of Turkey's mercenaries are reasonable

Ghassan Salama, the United Nations special envoy to Libya, confirmed that the conditions of the Libyan army commander Khalifa Hifter to confirm the cease-fire with the withdrawal of Turkey's mercenaries, and to stop arming the militias in Tripoli, are reasonable.

Salama said: The ceasefire talks are going in the "right direction", but he made clear that he was facing "obstacles" related to the violations of the arms embargo and the truce announced last month, in conjunction with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's acknowledgment of the presence of Syrian-backed mercenaries in Tripoli.

Commenting on the conditions of the Libyan army commander to install the cease-fire, including the withdrawal of "Turkish mercenaries and the cessation of arming the militias in Tripoli," Salama said that these are reasonable conditions.

When asked whether the other side was ready to accept those conditions or demands, he said: "I think these demands are reasonable, and I think the other side sees them as reasonable, too, the question now is when and what is the return? This is negotiation."

In his turn, the spokesman for the Libyan National Army, Major General Ahmed Al-Mesmari, confirmed that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's acknowledgment of sending mercenaries and forces to Libya confirms Ankara's role in supporting terrorism and prolonging the life of the crisis in Libya.

A Libyan army spokesman revealed, in an interview with Sky News Arabia, that the Accord government was hostage to Qatar, Turkey and the militias.

It is reported that the Libyan National Army Commander Khalifa Hifter had previously confirmed that a ceasefire is possible, if the Turks and their Syrian mercenaries stop supporting the accord government.

Although the international parties that participated in the Berlin Conference on Libya reached an agreement to respect the arms embargo there, and not to interfere in internal affairs, Turkey continued to send mercenaries and weapons to Libya.

French President Emmanuel Macron earlier accused Turkey of not fulfilling the promises it had made at the Berlin Conference on Libya....



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