Russia, Turkey Determined to Call the Shots in Libya

Voice of America News reports: “Talks between leaders of Libya’s two warring sides wrapped up Monday in Moscow, with Russia’s foreign minister noting some progress, a day after a fragile cease-fire brokered by Russia and Turkey came into force.

Russia and Turkey are emerging as key arbiters in the war-torn country, trying to push Fayez al-Sarraj, head of the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), and his rival, renegade General Khalifa Haftar, to start agreeing to the outlines of a longer-term political settlement, one suiting both Ankara and Moscow.

On Monday, before talks started, al-Sarraj urged Libyans to ‘turn the page’ on the turmoil of the past,’ saying all Libyans should ‘reject discord and close ranks to move toward stability and peace.’ He said the GNA had entered the cease-fire to end the bloodshed and that his beleaguered government is in ‘a position of strength to maintain national and social cohesion.’

The latest phase of the long-running violent turmoil that followed the 2011 ouster of then-dictator Moammar Gadhafi has been bogged down in stalemate for months…”

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