World powers agree to respect arms embargo in Libya’s war

A fighter loyal to the internationally recognised Libyan Government of National Accord walks past a vehicle in an area south of the Libyan capital Tripoli

The German government hosted the worldwide conference yesterday to discuss a peaceful solution to the conflict in Libya.

After chairing talks between European Union foreign ministers in Brussels, Borrell said that the bloc will also examine ways to help monitor a cease-fire in the conflict-torn country once one actually comes into force and replaces the shaky truce now in place.

The head of the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya has called for the deployment of an worldwide force in case renegade General Khalifa Haftar resumes hostilities.

Hours ahead of the meet, pro-Haftar forces upped the ante by blocking oil exports at the war-ravaged country's key ports, crippling the main source of income in a protest against Turkey's decision to send troops to shore up Sarraj's Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).

A conference on Libyan settlement was held on Sunday in Berlin, with representatives of Russian Federation, the United States, Turkey, Egypt, the European Union, the United Nations and other countries invited to attend.

Tribesmen loyal to Haftar have reportedly blocked off all oil ports in eastern Libya.

On Sunday, as global leaders were gathering in the German capital, state oil firm NOC said the major southwestern fields of El Sharara and El Feel were closing after forces loyal to Mr Haftar shut a pipeline.

Dendias said that Greece, which was controversially left out of Sunday's meeting, expected to be included in the next stages of the so-called Berlin process for peace in Libya.

"We spoke with them individually because the differences between them are so great that they aren't speaking with each other at the moment", Merkel said.

"To implement the other stages of the political process and solution, Haftar's aggressive stance must come to an end", Erdogan said in comments broadcast on Turkish television at the start of a meeting with Putin.

Al-Sarraj arrived in Germany accompanied by his foreign minister and a number of GNA officials.

The latter takes his legitimacy from a parliament elected in 2014 that took refuge in eastern Libya after a western militia coalition seized control of the capital.

Libya has sunk further into chaos since the 2011 ouster and killing of its longtime dictator, Moammar Gaddafi.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that "we know that today's signatures aren't enough".

In December, Turkey signed a controversial agreement with the Libyan government, which would allow Ankara to undertake major gas exploration off the coast of Libya in the Mediterranean Sea.

She said the conference hadn't discussed specific sanctions for violating the arms embargo. With different countries backing different sides in Libya, there has been growing concern that Libya will become another Syria.

Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) said the shutdown was directly ordered by General Haftar's forces. The UN says the conflict has killed hundreds of people and forced thousands to flee.



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