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Libya’s EU ambassador: Haftar’s forces must return to previous positions to resume dialogue

The Libyan ambassador to the European Union Hafid Gadour said political dialogue in Libya won’t be resumed until Khalifa Haftar’s forces pull out to their previous positions, urging for international guarantees for a truce in Libya.

Gadour told French TV, Euronews, that “as long as the attack is ongoing, we will defend ourselves and we are still willing to resume political process but the attacking forces must return home. The Government of National Accord is now defending Tripoli and the political agreement.”

He added that the guarantees given by the international community aren’t that effective, saying they will ask for more as the international community has always said there can never be an attack on Tripoli, but it just happened 10 days before the UN-led Libyan National Conference.

“If there is a truce, then guarantees must be given by the UN, EU or any other high-profile power.” Gadour said.

The UNSMIL called before for a humanitarian truce that starts with Ramadan 01, but no party abided by it and France also called for an unconditional ceasefire, which was also rejected by the Presidential Council as it did not call for the return of Haftar’s forces to their previous positions.

Tripoli has been under attack by Haftar’s forces for 42 days amid clear retreat among the attacking forces and advance by the forces under the command of the Presidential Council’s government, noting that Haftar’s forces are still held back on the outskirts of Tripoli.

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