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Foreign powers commit to seeking political solution in Libya

The Berlin Conference held on Sunday saw world leaders commit to ending military aid to warring parties in Libya and maintaining existing UN arms embargo.

The 55-point agreement crafted by heads of 12 countries, along with the UN, EU, African Union, and Arab League, calls for action to restore state institutions and the UN-led political process.

Both parties of the Libyan Civil War agreed to send envoys to another meeting in Geneva, obliquely consenting to negotiate a solution. The 5+5 board will start operating in the next few days.

The inconclusive talks initiated by Russia and Turkey a week earlier were aiming at an unconditional and open-ended ceasefire.

Haftar, whose Libyan National Army (LNA) carries out a protracted siege on the southern outskirts of Tripoli, attended the conference despite having abandoned the talks held in Moscow and intensified the conflict on Friday, shutting down eastern oil ports.

Subsequently, a conditional ceasefire came into effect and has been continuing, although both sides are trading blame over reported breaches of the truce.

Moscow backs the LNA through the use of mercenaries, while Ankara supports the U.N.-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) with official military advisors, defense equipment, and troops.

Signatories of the agreement have not listed any sanctions in the case that commitments are not met, and the document is not legally binding.

The oil-rich North African country, home to Africa’s largest proven crude reserves, has been wracked by bloody turmoil since 2011 when a NATO-backed uprising toppled longtime strongman Muammar Gaddafi, drawing increasing involvement from foreign powers.

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