Libya’s High State Council Says Geneva Ceasefire Agreement Does Not Affect Military Deals With Turkey

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The High Council of State (HCS) said in a statement on Sunday that the ceasefire agreement will enable the return of flights between eastern and western Libya, lift force majeure from oil ports and put an end to the country’s institutional division.

“But it is an agreement between a legitimate force and a rebel force that tried to seize power by force,” the statement reads.

The HCS assured that this agreement does not mean implicit recognition of what it described as “the aggressor force” and will not affect the agreements concluded by the Government of National Accord (GNA) with Turkey.

The statement questioned the intentions of the Libyan National Army (LNA) and its ability to abide by the terms of this agreement, especially with regard to removing foreign fighters. “This agreement does not drop the crimes committed by the armed forces against the capital city,” the statement said.

The statement concluded by saying, “We want guarantees that the displaced will return without being attacked.”

On Friday, participants of Libya’s 5+5 Joint Military Commission (JMC) signed a ceasefire agreement, which entered into force immediately upon signing.

Libyan rivals agreed to reopen land and air routes, as well as maintain the current state of calm on the front lines and avoid further military escalation. They have agreed that all foreign forces would leave within 90 days of the ceasefire agreement. This process would be supervised by the UN.