Libyan rivals agree in France to cease-fire

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, July 27, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News
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Two rival Libyan leaders committed themselves on Tuesday to a cease-fire, working toward presidential and parliamentary elections and finding a roadmap to secure lawless Libya against terrorism and trafficking of all kinds, according to a document released by the French presidency.

The meetings at a chateau in La Celle Saint-Cloud, west of Paris, brought together Fayez Serraj, prime minister of the UN-backed unity government, and Gen. Khalifa Hifter, the Egyptian-backed commander of Libya’s self-styled national army.

Macron met separately with each ahead of an encounter between the two Libyans in the presence of UN’s newly appointed special envoy for Libya, Ghassan Salame.

“There is political legitimacy in the hands of Mr Serraj. There is military legitimacy is in the hands of Mr Hifter. They have decided to work together,” Macron said after the series of encounters.

The 10-point joint declaration that capped the talks was the first of its kind between the rivals.

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