Sergey Labrutto: press service of the foreign Ministry
Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow condemns the statements by the head of the Libyan national army (LNA) field Marshal Khalifa the Haftarot on establishing one-man rule in the country. His words TASS reports.
The foreign Minister stressed that both conflicting parties are equally at fault for what is happening: he condemned the head of the national consensus government (NTC) Faiza Zarraga, who refused to negotiate with the Haftarot.
Lavrov stressed that Russia has warned about probability of such an outcome: lessons were primarily addressed to foreign participants in the negotiation process. “We warned that without the agreement of Libyan parties, clearly expressed consent, the chances that these agreements (…) will be viable a bit. Unfortunately, it has been confirmed,” he said.
Earlier, the LDF had announced taking control of Libya. Haftar spoke about the termination made in 2015 Shirinskogo agreement, which resulted in the formation of a government of national consensus. The European Union refused to recognize the authority of the field Marshal.
On 19 January in Berlin hosted an international conference on settling the situation in Libya. In negotiations took part the leaders of Russia, Germany, France, UK, Turkey, Egypt, and UN Secretary-General, head of the European Commission and representatives of other international organizations.
According to its results, Sarraj and Haftar promised to adhere to the agreements reached, however, on February 19 strength LNA fired at a Turkish ship in the port of Tripoli controlled by the PNS. Because of this the head of government Faiz Sarraj refused to negotiate with the Haftarot.
In Libya, there are two parallel Executive body: international recognized the NTC and the transitional Cabinet, operating in the East of the country, together with the Parliament and the LDF. In 2011 there began a civil war, was overthrown and killed who ruled the country since 1969, by Muammar Gaddafi.
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