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PM: UK experts could be sent to Libya to monitor ceasefire

by Ace Damon
PM: UK experts could be sent to Libya to monitor ceasefire

British experts could be sent to Libya as part of a possible international force to monitor a proposed permanent ceasefire.

It turns out that Boris Johnson was among the world leaders who participated in a peace summit in Berlin, which included all parties to the civil war and aimed to stop foreign influence in the conflict.

The prime minister said: "If there is a ceasefire, yes, of course there is a case for us to do what we do very well, which is to send experts to monitor the ceasefire."

It is understood that they would be experts from the UK Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that UK experts can be sent to Libya

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that countries with interests in the conflict, which evolved into a proxy war, agreed that they should respect a widely violated arms embargo.

Nations have also agreed not to provide military support to warring parties and to pressure them for a complete ceasefire.

The conflict has continued since the dictator, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, was overthrown by NATO-backed rebels in 2011.

For more than five years, the oil-rich North African nation has had two rival governments – one in the east and one in the west, with streets controlled by armed groups.

The internationally recognized National Accord (GNA) government – led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, based in Tripoli in the west and supported by Turkish troops – is fighting forces loyal to the eastern commander, General Khalifa Haftar.

Khalifa Haftar
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The self-styled National Army of Libya (LNA) of General Khalifa Haftar is advancing in the capital

Its own Libyan National Army (LNA) is advancing in the capital with the support of Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Russian mercenaries and African troops.

Up to 2,000 Syrian civil war fighters joined the battle, reportedly against General Haftar's men.

The Berlin summit was organized by Germany and the United Nations.

General Haftar left the Turkish-Russian summit a week ago and intensified the conflict on Friday, when the eastern oil ports were closed.

The Libyan National Petroleum Corporation (NOC), which said it was neutral and dealt with all parties involved in the conflict, said the shutdown was directly ordered by General Haftar's forces and would reduce oil production by 800,000 barrels a day.

Any lasting closure can hit Tripoli hard, as the government depends on oil revenues to finance its budget.

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