The head of the Libyan government of national unity (GNA) recognized by the UN, Fayez al-Sarraj, and his rival, the marshal Khalifa Haftar, strongman of the east of Libya, are expected Monday in Moscow to sign an agreement of ceasefire, a senior Libyan official said.
The signing of the agreement will pave the way for the revival of the political process, Tripoli-based President of the Council of State (the equivalent of a Senate) Khaled al-Mechri said on Libya al-Ahrar television.
Mechri said he will accompany Mr. Sarraj to Moscow, while Marshal Haftar will have the president of the Libyan parliament, Aguila Salah, based in the east.
In a brief speech on television, Sarraj called on the Libyans to “turn the page”.
« I call on all Libyans to turn the page on the past, to reject discord and to close ranks to move towards stability and peace, » he said.
A ceasefire on the initiative of Turkey and Russia has already entered into force on Sunday in Libya after more than nine months of deadly fighting at the gates of the capital Tripoli, against a background of fears of further internationalization of the conflict.
Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who has been trying since April 2019 without success to seize Tripoli, announced that his forces would respect this ceasefire, shortly before its entry into force at midnight local time.
His rival Fayez al-Sarraj then announced a cessation of hostilities.
During the day, the two camps accused each other of several violations.
Mechri said the Moscow agreement provides for « enforcement forces » of the ceasefire, without specifying the nature of these forces or their nationality.