The speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives, Aguil Saleh, claims that the initiatives he announced last week to resolve the situation in Libya were drawn up by the “Russians.” This was reported by the online edition of The Libya Observer. In addition, the video recording with the words of Mr. Saleh was distributed on social networks.
“It’s no secret that Russians are with us, including in our internal work,” the speaker said at a meeting with his supporters. According to him, a political initiative was proposed for consideration, so the situation on the front line became very difficult. We are talking about the battle for Tripoli, which has been waged by the Libyan National Army (LNA) for more than a year, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. According to Agila Saleh, “the Turkish intervention in Libya changed the game, because supplies for the Haftar forces in southern Tripoli and Tarhun became easy targets for military aircraft” and the only way to end this is to support the UN Security Council and call for a humanitarian truce. According to Agila Saleh, the Libyans were invited to announce a ceasefire in the Tripoli region and hold talks to form a new Presidential Council.
Aguila Saleh also said that in the near future he could meet with Khalifa Haftar and “there is nothing personal” between them. Earlier, the Speaker of the House of Representatives has already denied rumors about disagreements between him and Field Marshal.
Recall that the House of Representatives is located in the territory controlled by the VLA. This week, Field Marshal Haftar unexpectedly for the international community announced that the LNA is taking on a mandate to govern the country. This has criticized the international community. At the same time, Mr. Saleh’s initiatives were highly praised by the UN and Russia. “It seems to me that this is exactly what we have been saying all the years that the Libyans themselves must find approaches generally acceptable for them to build a dialogue first, and then to equip their new state, and external players should strongly encourage just such approaches,” noted Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. At the same time, he declared the unacceptability of Haftar’s actions.
The EU and the USA also criticized the actions of the field marshal. The day after that, the LNA announced a humanitarian truce.
Read about the development of the situation in Libya in the article “Kommersant” “Field Marshal shocked the whole world.”