Earlier, Aguila Saleh Issa, the speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives, met with Valentina Matvienko, speaker of the Federation Council upper house of Russian parliament, and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. During the meeting, they discussed the ways of stabilizing the crisis through the example of the implementation of the Cairo Declaration. Based on this document, they made a conclusion that only a ceasefire could possibly to solve this issue.
Aguila Saleh Issa, the chairman of the Libyan House of Representatives, gave a detailed interview to RT about the negotiations on the Libyan crisis that were held in Moscow.
The Libyan National Army (LNA) and the Eastern Government said they were ready to resolve the crisis politically. Meanwhile, Libya’s so-called Government of National Accord (GNA) ignored the call for a truce, refusing to stop the combat operations and to withdraw the troops from the frontline.
“This shows that they are not seeking a political solution in Libya, because the armed groups loyal to the GNA are taking advantage of the chaos,” Saleh said.
He believes that Russia is a country that shows stability both on the domestic and on the international political scene.
“We appreciate its role and effectiveness in international diplomatic mediation efforts,” Saleh said. “We believe that Russia will help us scout up a political solution to the crisis by maintaining vital facilities both in the east, west and south of Libya.”
The delegation of the House of Representatives asked Lavrov to create the conditions conducive to the implementation of the Cairo Declaration and the agreements made in Berlin. In doing so, it will be possible to stabilize political institutes and to wisely distribute oil revenues.
Notably, the Libyans support the LNA, while the army itself operates exclusively within the framework of law. However, Turkey has prevented expulsion of terrorists from the Libyan capital. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan supports terrorist groups sending contractors, weapons and armored vehicles for them, thus, violating the UN arms embargo.
“Fayez al-Sarraj, Prime Minister of Libya, is not a party to dialogue,” he said. “He is the head of the so-called “government.” He just wants to remain in his post. The High Council of State is another participant in this dialogue.”
In essence, the agreements signed by Erdoğan and al-Sarraj are null and void. In the short term, the House of Representatives is going to set up a committee whose experts will scrutinize the agreements and submit a resolution to the Libyan Parliament.
Additionally, Saleh is confident that the Libyan crisis could be resolved only with the help of cooperation between countries that demonstrate stability. It is they who might help settle the crisis in Libya in a non-confrontational way.