Published: Sun, January 19, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Libya summit to call for sanctions if ceasefire violated, draft agreement says

Libya summit to call for sanctions if ceasefire violated, draft agreement says

"I can say that all participants worked really constructively together".

"We all agree that we should respect the arms embargo, and that it should be controlled more strongly than it has been in the past", she said.

The members of the conference agreed to provide no further military support to the warring parties, Merkel said.

She added that the leaders who attended the summit had agreed to continue to hold additional meetings to ensure the process continues so that "the people in Libya get their right to a peaceful life".

Eleven countries, including the key players of France, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Egypt, Russia, the U.S. and the UK, attended the conference, as well as António Guterres, the UN secretary general, in the biggest show of global attention on Libya for many years.

Guterres told reporters at a news conference held at the summit's conclusion: "I can not stress enough the summit's conclusion that there is no military solution to the conflict in Libya".

"I hope the commitments made today will contribute to a lasting solution to the Libya crisis", Guterres said.

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Forces loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar shut down all oil ports in eastern Libya on Saturday in a move seen as an attempt to raise the stakes on the eve of the summit.

Since the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, two seats of power have emerged in Libya: warlord Khalifa Haftar's in eastern Libya, supported mainly by Egypt and the UAE, and the Government of National Accord (GNA) in the capital Tripoli, which enjoys United Nations and worldwide recognition.

The countries taking part in the conference include Egypt, the United States, Russia, China, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Turkey, European Union, the UAE, Algeria, Congo, Arab League and African Union. "If there is a ceasefire, yes, of course there's a case for us doing what we do very well, which is sending experts to monitor the ceasefire". "We have a truce".

He said world leaders had agreed on a "truce" but that they now needed a real ceasefire and for countries to put "pressure" on the opposing sides to stop fighting.

Among those attending were Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

He said the proxy conflict in Libya would only end once the external parties decided they wanted it to stop.

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