Aguila Saleh Calls for Libya Ceasefire with Sirte as Temporary Seat of a New Presidential Council – Al Marsad

The Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, Chancellor Aguila Saleh, called on all Libyan parties to announce an immediate ceasefire and stop all combat operations throughout the country.

(Libya, 21 August 2020) – In a statement issued today upon the announcement of the agreement on a truce with the President of the Presidential Council Fayez al-Sarraj, Chancellor Aguila Saleh said that the demand for a ceasefire stems from national responsibility and the imperatives of the current situation of the country and the entire region due to the economic deterioration, inability to finance service sectors, and the outbreak of the coronavirus whose challenging confrontation requires mobilization of all capabilities and efforts.

The Speaker proposed that the demilitarized city of Sirte be a temporary seat for a new Presidential Council that would gather all Libyans and bring them closer. Official security police from various regions would secure Sirte, as proposed by Chancellor Aguila Saleh in preparation for unifying state institutions, which is a basic consensual stage for the construction of the state.

Saleh also asserted the need for all Libyan actors to complete all military arrangements as per the (5+5) military negotiation path under the auspices of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), which should abide by its outputs and oblige all stakeholders to adopt and announce them officially.

He stressed that the ceasefire preempts any foreign military interventions and ends only with the expulsion of mercenaries and the dismantling of militias, which is a prerequisite for the restoration of full national sovereignty.

Saleh also called for preserving the wealth of the Libyan people by resuming oil production and export while freezing its revenues in the account of the Libyan Foreign Bank (LFB) and not disbursing them until after reaching a political settlement in line with the outcomes of the Berlin Conference and the Cairo Declaration as guaranteed by the UNSMIL, the US administration, and the countries that support peace and stability in Libya, up to achieving fairness and transparency.

“We seek to let go with the past, turn the pages of conflict and fighting, look to the future, build the state through a constitutional electoral process, and launch a comprehensive national reconciliation as a basis for building the nation, ensuring its stability, and establishing a tolerant society of the rule of law that ensures the right of everyone to participate, express opinion, and disagree peacefully, and provide opportunities for all without marginalization or exclusion,” concluded Chancellor Saleh.

© Al-Marsad English (2020)