General Hafter Leaves Moscow Without Signing The Armistice Agreement
General Hafter Leaves Moscow Without Signing The Armistice Agreement Russia’s Foreign Ministry says General Khalifa Hafter, who controls eastern Libya, did not sign a ceasefire agreement drawn up as a result of talks in Russia yesterday and has left Moscow.
Under the ceasefire agreement, Hafter’s forces were asked to end the offensive against Tripoli and withdraw.
“We are ready and determined to achieve victory,” said Hafter’s forces, who are advancing to Tripoli, in messages shared on Facebook.
The Saudi-owned Dubai-based Al Arabiya channel and the AL Hadas newspaper reported on its website that Hafter decided not to sign the ceasefire agreement because it did not include clauses that would allow Turkey to withdraw its troops from Libya and that the agreements between Turkey and the National Reconciliation Government in Tripoli were invalid.
Some users on Twitter wrote that the plane carrying Hafter left Moscow and headed south-southeast through Greek airspace, according to data obtained from aircraft radar tracking programs.
#Libya crisis / Moscow talks: Haftar leaving ! Did he sign the Russian ceasefire document ? (Can he say ‘no’ to Putin ?) Haftar’s Dassault Falcon 900 departed Moscow Sheremetyevo and currently is flying SW, towards western Europe. pic.twitter.com/6CsEAHfTdz
— Yörük Işık (@YorukIsik) January 13, 2020
Turkey and Russia mediated talks were held in Moscow yesterday between Fayez al-Sarraj, prime minister of Libya’s Tripoli-based national reconciliation government, which is recognized by the United Nations, and Hafter on the terms of the ceasefire.
The RIA Novosti news agency reported that Sarraj also left Moscow after the talks and went to Istanbul.
While the sides did not agree to meet, the negotiations resulted in a draft agreement written by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the ceasefire, which came into force at the urging of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu said Sarraj had signed the draft text of the ceasefire agreement, while Hafter’s side wanted time until morning today.
Hafter Forces: Ready And Determined To Achieve Victory
Within hours of reports that Hafter had left Moscow, the Libyan National Army linked to him made a statement on its website and social media accounts.
The Libyan National Army said they would continue the offensive against Tripoli and were “ready and determined” to achieve victory.
Social media accounts supporting the Libyan National Army also called for actions to be taken in support of Hafter in Benghazi today.
The Al Jazeera Arabic channel, citing national reconciliation government sources, said Hafter’s forces had begun attacks on the south of Tripoli and that there was a risk that the ceasefire would be broken.