France Calls For Ceasefire and Resumption of Peace Talks in Libya

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On Sunday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian held a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA),Fayez Al-Sarraj, the French foreign ministry said in a statement.

According to the statement, the two discussed the need to reach an immediate ceasefire between the Libyan warring parties, resume political negotiations within the framework of the Berlin Conference, and bring an end to foreign interference in Libya’s internal affairs.

The French Minister also stressed the necessity of reaching a rapid solution to bring an end to the escalating hostilities.

This should be done under the auspices of the UN to achieve a lasting ceasefire in the 5+5 format, as agreed upon on 23 February in Geneva.

Libya has drawn in a number of regional and global powers to its conflict. This has resulted in a huge influx of weapons and fighters in violation of UN resolutions and arms embargo.

Libya has been locked in a civil war since the ouster and killing of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The Libyan conflict escalated in 2014, dividing power between two rival governments. The GNA has its seat in the capital, Tripoli, while the House of Representatives sits in Tobruk.