Libyan parties in Algiers urge ceasefire

2015-03-11 22:08
Fighters of Libya's Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) militia fire a cannon against a rival militia as they protect a position after they took control of the town of Wershfana. (Mahmud Turkia, AFP)

Fighters of Libya's Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) militia fire a cannon against a rival militia as they protect a position after they took control of the town of Wershfana. (Mahmud Turkia, AFP)

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Algiers - Libyan political figures called for an "immediate halt" to military operations, at the end of a UN-backed meeting in the Algerian capital on Wednesday.

Envoys of six parties and five activists said their Algiers declaration, after two days of talks, aimed to send "a strong, clear and united message on their commitment to consider dialogue as the only way forward and to reject violence".

They called for "an immediate halt to military operations to allow dialogue to continue".

The two-page declaration commits the signatories to respect the national unity and territorial integrity of Libya.

UN envoy Bernardino Leon, who attended the talks, told a news conference the meeting was "an important step" towards peace.

Opposing militias in Libya, awash with weapons since its 2011 revolution that toppled long serving leader Muamar Gaddafi, are battling for control of its cities and oil wealth.

Libya has rival governments and parliaments, those recognised by the international community sitting in the far east of the country and the others with ties to Islamists in the capital Tripoli.

"There are two options: a political accord or destruction," Leon warned on Tuesday. "Destruction is not an option."

At the weekend in Morocco, he brokered the first direct talks between Libya's rival parliaments, and their envoys are due to hold another round in Rabat on Thursday.

But the internationally recognised parliament has asked for a delay of "one week to 10 days", its speaker Faraj Bouhachem said on Wednesday.

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