Arab League welcomes cease-fire in war-torn Libya

Source: Xinhua| 2020-01-12 21:14:34|Editor: xuxin
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CAIRO, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Arab League (AL) welcomed on Sunday a cease-fire between the UN-backed Libyan government and the east-based Libyan National Army.

The Cairo-based pan-Arab organization urged all Libyan parties to remain committed to stopping all combat operations and prevent any escalations, according Egypt's official MENA news agency.

The AL noted that all parties should act to resume the political course in Libya.

The east-based army of Libya on Saturday announced the cease-fire and the end of all military operations against the UN-backed government in western Libya.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called on the Libyan rival parties to establish an immediate cease-fire and to stop all hostilities.

The Tripoli-based UN-backed government welcomed the Turkish-Russian call, highlighting the keenness to end the war and resume political process.

The east-based army has been leading a military campaign in and around Tripoli since early April 2019, trying to take over the capital city and topple the UN-backed government.

Libya has been torn by a raging civil war between the government based in Tripoli and the Libyan National Army and its allies based in the eastern parts of the oil-rich North African country.

Thousands have been killed and injured in the fighting, and more than 120,000 people fled their homes from the violence.