New York Times: There are doubts about a ceasefire in Libya

Selava Omar –

The American newspaper “New York Times” reported on the ceasefire in Libya and said: “The announcement of the ceasefire is a rare positive development in the chaotic conflict that has been plagued by foreign intervention, but there are many skeptics”.

And rival political leaders in Libya declared an immediate ceasefire on Friday and called for talks to disarm Sirte, the port city that has become the focus of international efforts to break the faltering conflict in the oil-rich North African country.

The announcement was welcomed by the United Nations, the United States and other Western countries, which are scrambling to contain the growing Russian and Turkish influence in Libya, which has been ravaged by conflicts since the overthrow and killing of its president, Colonel “Muammar Gaddafi”.

The UN-backed government in Tripoli and Aqila Saleh, the head of the rival parliament in eastern Libya, declared a ceasefire.

And analysts warned that the prospects for the success of the ceasefire are highly uncertain, and it is worth noting that there was no immediate reaction from Khalifa Haftar, or two of his most powerful external backers, the United Arab Emirates and Russia.

And “Wolfram Lacher”, an expert on Libya at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs said “I’m not sure I will call this a political progress, at the moment, it’s just statements with a lot of caveats, conditions and wishes”.

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