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Forces of Libya’s Haftar and Tripoli-based GNA join ceasefire suggested by Putin & Erdogan

The Libyan National Army led by General Khalifa Haftar and the Tripoli-based GNA have declared a ceasefire starting midnight January 12, after Russian and Turkish leaders suggested it as a way to de-escalate hostilities.

The Tripoli-based, internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) confirmed that the head of the Presidency Council agreed to a ceasefire “starting 00:00 on Jan. 12.” The ceasefire is conditioned on the rival side upholding it, LNA spokesman Ahmed Mismari said.

The truce was suggested by Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul earlier this week, but Haftar initially rejected it.

“We welcome Putin’s call for a ceasefire. However, our fight against terrorist organizations that seized Tripoli and received support of some countries will continue until the end,” he said through a representative.