Presidential Council Rejects LNA’s Humanitarian Ramadan Truce, Fighting to Continue – Al Marsad

The Presidential Council announced in a statement on Thursday that it distrust  the truce declared by the Libyan National Army (LNA) and said it would continue fighting. The Libyan National Army (LNA) has announced a humanitarian truce for the month of Ramadan. UNSMIL and the international community had urged both parties in the conflict to hold a ceasefire during the month of Ramadan and due to coranvirus pandemic fears.

[Libya, 30 April 2020‘] – According to Fayez al-Sarraj’s media office, the Presidential Council said that the decision declared by the “aggressor” (referring to Commander Khalifa Haftar) two days ago for the leadership of the army to take over power, which the Council described as “a turn against the political agreement and legitimate institutions”, confirms that he is not a partner in peace.

“Any process to achieve ceasefire, monitor violations, and reach a true agreement must be sponsored, guaranteed and carried out by international institutions through activating the 5+5 committee that is supervised by the Support Mission in Libya”, it added.

The Tripoli-based Presidential Council, led by Sarraj, emphasized that it continues its stance to defend itself and continue to strike the “centres of threat” wherever they are found, and obliterate “outlaw groups that undervalue the lives of Libyans throughout the country”, implying its rejection of the armistice announced by the general command.

“We take this opportunity to welcome all patriotic stances taken by people all over the country who reject a military state and call for a civil, democratic state”, the Presidential Council concluded.

As the Presidential Council pronounces the important of a civi state, a video surfaced today of GNA militants outside Tarhouna threatening to “kill every woman in the city”.

An additional video published in social media pages yesterday showed foreign fighters from Syria (Aleppo and Jarabulus/Syria), Tunisia and Palestine all fighting with GNA militias. Some of them seeing wearing the Turkish flag insignia on their uniforms.

© Al Marsad English ((2020)