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EU Chief Ursula welcomes Libya ceasefire, says UN must lead reconciliation

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen welcomed on Monday a ceasefire in Libya initiated by Turkey and Russia, but cautioned that the United Nations must lead the process of rebuilding the country.

"A ceasefire, yes it is a first step in the right direction, but what you need is a process for consolidation, for reconstruction and a government of unity. There is a long way to go. This has to be a U.N.-led process," she told reporters after a meeting with Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel."This is of utmost importance."

But it should be noted that many interested actors in the Libyan crisis have failed to obey the UNSC resolutions as nations picked sides. All of the "behind the scene actors" supplied weapons and munitions to the warring rivals in the war-thorn north African nation.

Ankara had last week asked Russian to convince eastern Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar to respect a ceasefire initiative by Ankara and Moscow that he has rejected.

 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin called for a ceasefire on Wednesday in Istanbul during the Russian president visit to the meddle east and commissioning of Russian-Turkish Gas pipeline project in Turkey.

Libya ceasefire and re-conciliatory issues were part of the of the Russian-German meeting during German Merkel visit to Moscow on the invitation of Russian Putin.

Berlin has express its readiness to hold the Libya peace summit this Month of January but yet to announce any specific date, a government spokesperson confirmed.


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