LNA forces led by Khalifa Haftar and militias loyal to the Tripoli-based GNA say they are both agreeing to a cease-fire call offered by Turkey and Russia issued last Thursday. This would be the first truth in months of renewed and intensive fighting.
The cease-fire was set to go into effect early January 12. It was accepted by Haftar so long as the GNA would accept it as well. An LNA spokesman said "any breach will be met with a harsh response". The GNA posted, that "in response to the Turkish president and the Russian president's call for a cease-fire, the head of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord announces a cease-fire."
The UN Mission in Libya UNSMIL welcomed the cease-fire and called on the sides "to strictly abide by the ceasefire and make room for peaceful efforts to address all disputes through a Libyan-Libyan dialogue". German Chancellor Angela Merkel supported the efforts and hoped they would be successful. Russian President Putin said "I am really counting on the opposing sides...ceasing armed combat... It's important to bring an end to the armed confrontation."
Russia and Turkey currently back the two opposing sides of the conflict. Observers note that the cease fire may be difficult to maintain due to the fact that both sides are comprised of numerous militias.