Germany, Italy, France Call to End Hostilities in Libya
Germany, Italy and France issued a joint statement on Libya, where they called on all parties to the conflict to immediately cease hostilities. The statement also states the need to stop any foreign intervention and fully comply with the arms embargo imposed by the UN Security Council.
“Against the backdrop of the growing risk that the situation in Libya will continue to worsen and aggravate at the regional level, Germany, France and Italy are calling on all Libyan parties to immediately cease hostilities and stop any further buildup of military power in the country,” the statement reads.
Two main forces are fighting for power in Libya – the National Transition Council (NTC) sitting in Tripoli under the leadership of Fayez al-Sarraj and the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. Since December last year, Turkey has been providing military support to the NTC on the basis of an official agreement concluded with Tripoli, including through the transfer of arms and mercenaries from Syria to Libya. On the side of the LNA are Egypt and the UAE. Tripoli is also accusing Russia of supporting Haftar’s forces. France is also closer to Khalifa Haftar, seeking to counter Turkey’s growing influence in North Africa.