Libya ceasefire now would not benefit UN-recognized Tripoli gov’t: Turkey

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Now-rivals al-Sarraj and Haftar met in Jan. 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Libya’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord would not benefit if a ceasefire was declared in the country right now along the current frontlines, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Monday, Reuters reported.

In an interview with state broadcaster TRT Haber, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said that the coastal city of Sirte and Jufra air base need to be turned over to the GNA before it agrees to a ceasefire.

Separately, he said Turkey would start seismic research and drilling operations for natural resources in the part of the eastern Mediterranean covered by a November agreement between Ankara and the GNA.

He added that Turkey was open to sharing with companies from third countries such Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States and Russia.

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