Tripoli: Foreign forces ignored a deadline set on Saturday to withdraw from Libya under a UN-brokered ceasefire agreement, highlighting the fragility of peace efforts after a decade of conflict.
CNN satellite images show “Russian inhabitants” digging several kilometers (miles) near the coastal city on the frontline of Sarsa, as foreign main characters Ankara and Moscow Intend to defend their interests in the final settlement.
“There is no intention or action on the part of Turkish or Russian forces to abide by the UN treaty,” an unnamed U.S. intelligence official was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.
“There is already a fragile peace process and the ability to get out of the ceasefire. It will be a really difficult year,” he said. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called on all “regional and international actors to respect the provisions” of the October 23 ceasefire agreement, which calls for the withdrawal of all foreign troops within three months. Has been fixed.
That deadline passed on Saturday, with no movement announced or observed on the ground. The United Nations estimates that about 20,000 foreign troops and mercenaries are still supporting the warring factions in Libya, including the UN-approved National Accord government in Tripoli and the military caliph Haftar in the east.
The GNA has military support from Turkey. The weekly is backed by the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, as well as Russia. Guterres called on all sides to implement the terms of the ceasefire “without delay”, noting that they would ensure the departure of foreign fighters and troops from Libya, and on the Security Council’s arsenal. The ban includes full and unconditional respect. “They have been in place since the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that ousted and killed longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi.
Khalid al-Montasser, a professor of international relations at the University of Tripoli, said any withdrawal or end to foreign intervention was “not on Libya but on external powers”.
Turkey on Friday welcomed a UN-backed deal for Libya’s warring factions that would create an interim executive to rule the North African country until elections in December. Turkey has backed the GTA with military advisers, Madreil and mercenaries, which has canceled an advance on Tripoli by Hattar’s forces, and on its border with Tunisia under a 2019 military agreement. There is also a military base in Alwatia.
Last December, parliament in Ankara, in clear violation of the ceasefire agreement, extended the approval of Turkish troops in Libya by 18 months. Montaser, referring to several tracks of the ongoing UN-sponsored talks, said: “Until the indigent people leave Libya, the countries involved will guarantee their interests in the new transitional phase. Not given. “
“Their presence keeps alive the threat of a military confrontation at any moment, while the current calm seems uncertain,” he said. Most of the foreign forces are located around Sirte, at Al-Jawfra Airport, 500 km (300 miles) south of Haftar’s Tripoli and further west in Al-Watia.