Turkey and Russia call for a truce in Tripoli
Following talks between presidents Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin in Istanbul, on 8 Jan Turkey and Russia called on Libyan factions to end hostilities and declare a cease-fire as of 12 Jan, midnight. The call for a cease-fire happens at a pivotal moment as Turkey had recently pledged to send troops to Libya to support the GNA against Libyan National Army (LNA) advances in the Tripoli area. This joint statement by Russia and Turkey could stand as a turning point in the conflict that has prevailed in Libya since April 2019 between factions aligned with the Government of National Accord (GNA) and with Eastern Libya-based General Haftar. Thus far, Libyan actors have not responded to the call.
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