Confusion clouds international efforts to reach Libya ceasefire

Source:The Guardian Date:08Jan2020

The Italian and Russian initiatives are not necessarily in conflict, but reflect the extent to which outside parties are intervening in the country, and are probably making it more difficult for the two internal warring parties to reach a settlement.

Haftar is strongly supported by the United Arab Emirates and Turkey claims it is acting as a necessary counterweight.

Sarraj expressed his frustration at Europe’s failure to describe Haftar as the aggressor. Sarraj said: “The suffering of the Libyan people must end instantly. We do not want Libya to be a land of escalation or war by proxy. The international community must take responsibility for ending this suffering.”