Escalation in Libya: Algiers, Moscow calls for resumption of inter-Libyan dialogue

July 23rd, 2020

APS : WEDNESDAY 22 JULY 2020

MOSCOW- Algeria and Russia called Wednesday for the cessation of hostilities in Libya, where the risks of military escalation grow because of foreign interference, urging the Libyan belligerents to resume negotiations.
“The crisis in Libya must be resolved through dialogue and return to the negotiation table, said Algerian Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum in a press briefing held jointly with his Russian counterpart Serguei Lavrov.
“Tanks cannot be the solution in Libya,” he affirmed.
For his part, Lavrov called for “an immediate ceasefire and the suspension of all the fighting in Libya,” an essential step, according to him, for the relaunch of the 5+5 Committee’s works and the launch of an inclusive political dialogue in Libya.
The calls of Algeria and Russia come at the moment when Egypt broaches a possible military intervention in Libya after the go-ahead given by its parliament to the army to take an action.
The two countries converge on the need to implement the conclusions of the Berlin Conference despite the fact that they do not possess “a joint map” on the settlement of the crisis in Libya. Moscow praised Algeria’s essential role in this conference to which President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune took part.
Sabri Boukadoum calls for a peaceful solution to the conflict, reiterating during this press briefing that Algeria “remains equidistant vis-à-vis all the Libyan parties.”