• World Leaders Commit To New Push For Peace In Libya

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) Russian President Vladimir Putin, and U.N. Secretary-General Ant?nio Guterres (R)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) Russian President Vladimir Putin, and U.N. Secretary-General Ant?nio Guterres (R)
World leaders have committed to ending all foreign meddling in Libya's war.

The presidents of Russia, Turkey and France were among those on Sunday taking part in a Berlin summit who signed up to stop interfering and to uphold a weapons embargo.

But according to AFP, their talks failed to deliver "serious diaglogue" between strongman Khalifa Haftar and the head of Tripoli's U.N.-recognized government Fayez al-Sarra, or to get both sides to sign a permanent truce.

Clashes have killed more than 280 civilians and 2,000 fighters and displaced tens of thousands, until a fragile ceasefire backed by both Ankara and Moscow was put in place on January 12.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said ensuring that a ceasefire in Libya is immediately respected is "simply not easy to guarantee," but expressed hope that through the conference, they have a chance the truce will hold further.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there were "still some questions on how well and effectively" the commitments can be monitored, but that he's "optimistic that there will be less violence."

Libya has been torn by fighting between rival armed factions since a 2011 NATO-backed uprising killed dictator Muammar Gaddafi.■

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