U.N. says Libyan warring parties resume peace talks in Geneva

The United Nations said on Thursday Libya’s warring parties had resumed talks in Geneva aimed at brokering a lasting ceasefire in the embattled North African country, Cumhuriyet reported.

Internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, announced on Tuesday that it withdrew from the talks in Geneva after the self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) continued shelling the Libyan capital.

Khalifa Haftar, the leader of the LNA also ruled out a truce with “terrorists” and “Turkish invaders”, suggesting nearly a year-long battle will continue.

“The talks are underway again,” Jean al-Alam, spokesman for the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, said on Thursday.

Libyan warring parties are meeting to achieve a lasting ceasefire that could include a monitoring role for the United Nations after months of conflict in Tripoli between the GNA and the LNA who laid siege to the capital last April.

The conflict risks turning into a full-blown proxy war as Turkey and Qatar support the GNA, while a plethora of countries – including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, France and Russia – support Haftar’s LNA.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj held a closed-door meeting on Thursday in Istanbul to discuss recent developments in the war-torn country, Daily Sabah said.