Russia Supports Libyan Ceasefire Agreement


On Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry praised the ceasefire agreement reached by the parties to the Libyan conflict, namely the Government of National Accord and the Libyan National Army. The agreement has been signed under the auspices of the United Nations in Geneva.

In a statement, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that the agreement will be an important step towards resolving the crisis in the North African country.

Zakharova said, “We regard this event as an important step towards overcoming the prolonged acute crisis in Libya, establishing a sustainable comprehensive political dialogue with the ultimate goal of restoring the country’s unity, creating capable government bodies, and reviving its socio-economic infrastructure.”

She also called on the parties to follow the agreements reached in order to prevent a rollback to civil strife.

Libya’s two main warring factions agreed to a ceasefire on Friday, raising hopes for an end to years of bloody turmoil that have drawn in military forces from Russia, Turkey and other regional powers.

The two sides signed the agreement at the United Nations in Geneva, at the end of a weeklong meeting of delegates from the two Libyan warring sides.

The two sides agreed to a complete, countrywide, and permanent agreement with immediate effect, said Stephanie Williams, the United Nations acting special envoy who was chairwoman of the most recent talks.

She said the agreement called for frontline forces to return to their bases and for the withdrawal of all foreign forces and mercenaries within three months, a process that would be monitored by the United Nations.