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Domestic and external actors never tire of calling for a ceasefire in Libya, but the situation continues to escalate nonetheless, both in and outside the war-torn North African country. Turkey’s military activity in Libya is already having a knock-on effect with Egypt now threatening to enter the war. Small wonder, because the Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi came to power by ousting the regime of the Muslim Brotherhood (now banned in the Russian Federation), which the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) is chummy with.​
  • Category: Analytics |
  • Date: 4-07-2020, 10:07
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The current lull in the battle with the coronavirus epidemic that has set in in a number of flare points across the Middle East has sidestepped Libya, despite calls regularly coming from interested parties outside the country for a ceasefire and a resumption of negotiations between the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Khalifa Haftar and the Government of National Accord (GNA) of Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj. Depending on the situation on the ground, the warring sides have either lent an ear to admonitions, agreeing to talk, or have simply refused to communicate.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 20-06-2020, 14:39
  • Views: 209
The recent declaration of autonomy in southern Yemen and Khalifa Haftar's declaring himself the ruler of all Libya once again drew the world’s attention to the phenomenon of separatism. This phenomenon is certainly not new, amply exemplified by events in Scotland, Catalonia, Flanders and South Tyrol. In Europe, the problem is normally discussed and resolved on a legal basis, if not always peacefully. When it comes to Asia and Africa, the chances of legal settlement of such issues are even lower.
  • Category: Analytics |
  • Date: 18-05-2020, 11:50
  • Views: 324
During the January 8 talks in Istanbul, Turkey and Russia, acting as “mediators,” called on all parties in Libya to "cease hostilities from midnight on Sunday, January 12, 2020, declare a sustainable ceasefire, supported by necessary measures to be taken for stabilizing the situation on the ground and normalizing daily life in Tripoli and other cities, to immediately sit down at the negotiating table in order to put an end to the suffering of the Libyans and return peace and prosperity to the country."
The recent talks between President Vladimir Putin of Russia and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan focused on the commissioning of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline – a major infrastructure project of today: the pipeline is 930 km long, with a capacity of 31,5 bln м3 yearly. According to Gazprom, the Turkish Stream gas is already being pumped to some countries of the European Union, and next on the waiting list are Greece, Bulgaria, Italy, Serbia and Hungary.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has met with heads of diplomatic missions of Arab countries and representatives of the League of Arab States (LAS). The participants in the meeting, which took place in Moscow on December 16th, focused on the situation in the world’s hottest spots, in particular, in Libya. Had the meeting taken place a month ago, Libya would likely have received no more than a mention. Now, it is in the spotlight of most of the world community.
  • Category: Analytics |
  • Date: 24-12-2019, 11:37
  • Views: 501
The disputes, which regularly flare up between the current governments of France and Italy are important for Russia, since the ideological rift between President Emmanuel Macron and the ruling Italian coalition of Matteo Salvini and Luigi Di Maio has, among other things, have direct bearing on this country. However, there is more to these disagreements than just different views about the role played by Moscow, which Paris sees as purely negative, and Rome - as causing sympathy and even inspiring hope.
An international conference on Libya, mediated by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte that was recently held in Palermo, Sicily, was looking for ways to reconcile the rival centers of power and generally stabilize the situation in the long-troubled North African nation. One of these main power centers is the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, headed by Faiz Saraj, and the other is the Tobruk-based House of Representatives headed by its Speaker Aguila Saleh, who is supported by the Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 26-12-2018, 11:55
  • Views: 784