The initial ceasefire between the GNA and LNA that came into effect at midnight Sunday morning will be difficult to maintain, according to analysts, as fighting escalates around Tripoli and Sirte.
Despite rejecting the Turkish/ Russian ceasefire call on Thursday, Haftar’s spokesman said the LNA would abide by the ceasefire if the GNA accepted it. “Any breach will be met with a harsh response”, said the spokesman. For its part, the GNA said it would also accept the ceasefire.
Despite this, Al Jazeera, reporting from Tripoli, said that did not mean an end to hostilities. The GNA is demanding Haftar pull the LNA militias out of Tripoli first. Moreover, the fractious nature of the militias will make enforcing a ceasefire complicated.
Libya analyst Anas El Gomati – told AL Jazeera that "When we think that there is so much disunity in the international community, they have to have a conference about finding a unified position amongst themselves before they can even bring Libyans to the table. That's the main issue here."
The efforts were backed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who seeks to hold peace-talks in Berlin, and welcomed by the UN envoy to Libya, who called on all sides to abide by the ceasefire.