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Libya’s renegade general ‘agreed to comply’ with ceasefire, says Germany

The agreement would consolidate a current truce between Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) and Libya's UN-backed administration, the Government of National Accord (GNA).Haftar's administration, in eastern Libya, has often been at odds with the GNA in Tripoli, since the fall of Libya's strongman leader Moammar Gadhafi. Last year, at least 1,000 people were killed in and around Tripoli between April and July, according to the World Health Organization, as Haftar's forces and other militias attempted to take over the capital.The nine-month campaign appeared to pause over the weekend, when Haftar accepted a conditional ceasefire. But on Monday, he abandoned peace talks with the GNA in Moscow, leaving without signing a draft agreement.Now, there may be new hope. "General Haftar has made it clear that he wants to contribute to the success of the Libya conference in Berlin and he is ready to participate to it in principle," the Germany Foreign Ministry tweeted on Thursday, after Maas met with Haftar in Benghazi."He has agreed to comply with the existing armistice."But neither Haftar, the LNA or GNA has yet commented on Germany's claim.

Peace summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday she believed the message from the meeting between Mass and Haftar was "good news." It comes just days before she hosts a Libya peace summit in Berlin on Sunday. The summit aims to begin a UN-led political process that leads to a "commitment to a ceasefire, to ending arms supplies from other countries to Libya, and to resuming the political process in [the] country which has been shaken by years of civil war," according to the German government website. "It is a good message that [Haftar] is willing to keep to the ceasefire. That's the prerequisite," Merkel said.However, she cautioned, "At the Libya conference we must above all see that the weapons embargo is adhered to again, which is basically agreed by the UN but unfortunately not kept to."Speaking to CNN's Becky Anderson on Wednesday, the UN's Special Representative to Libya Ghassan Salame described the Berlin summit as an attempt &Read More – Source

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