The rebel general did not sign the truce agreement because he is a supporter of a military solution to the conflict in Libya, the Turkish leader said.
Turkish President Recep Erdogan said at a conference on Libya in Berlin that the commander of the Libyan National Army, Marshal Khalifa Haftar, is a supporter of a military solution to the conflict, so his actions should be put Interfax reported January 19.
Haftar had refused to sign a truce agreement in the Libyan conflict in Moscow, which has been going on since 2011. In Berlin, before the conference, Erdogan met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“We understand your efforts and your importance for the establishment of the truce. We have made a great effort to convince Mr. Sarraj (the head of the UN-recognized government of national accord of Libya) that he should come to Moscow and do his best, he has fulfilled his task,” he said at the meeting with Putin.
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At the same time, despite the fact that not all expectations of the Government of National Accord of Libya, according to him, were implemented, yet the agreement on their part was signed.
“But, on the other hand, Haftar did not sign the agreement, which shows us that Haftar is a supporter not of the peace process, but of a military solution to the issue,” Erdogan said.
He stressed that peace and tranquillity should be ensured in Libya. “It is necessary that Haftar’s aggressive behavior and aggressive position be brought to an end,” the Turkish president said.
In his turn, Putin said that he does not lose hope for the continuation of negotiations.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel initiated the conference on Libya in Berlin. She invited representatives of the parties to the conflict in Libya, as well as representatives of Russia, the United States, China, Great Britain, France, Turkey, Egypt, Algeria, and the UAE.