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The Berlin Peace Conference was Productive

The general impression I got after reading reviews is that most parties who attended the peace conference had walked away with satisfaction. There appears to be a consensus as to how the months going forward should proceed. The peace conference was about Libya’s two warring factions: the GNA and the LNA.   At first, the leaders of the two warring factions were not invited, but after Russia’s insistence, they were then invited.

The GNA’s leader is Sarraj.

The LNA’s leader is Haftar.

This was a German sponsored peace conference.

First let’s take a look at Turkish news.

From TRT World.

-Although there has been a lull in airstrikes and less fighting over the past 10 days, heavy exchanges of artillery fire could be heard from some front lines south of Tripoli late on Sunday, residents said.

-Libya has had no stable central authority since dictator Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown by NATO-backed rebels in 2011. For more than five years, it has had two rival governments, in the east and the west, with streets controlled by armed groups.

-German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters that the Berlin summit, attended by the main backers of the rival Libyan factions, had agreed that a tentative truce in Tripoli over the past week should be turned into a permanent ceasefire to allow a political process to take place.

-Serraj and Haftar did not meet in Berlin, Merkel said, highlighting the gulf between the two.

-“We know that we have not solved all of Libya’s problems today but we were aiming for fresh momentum,” she said.

-Haftar has won backing from a range of foreign allies for an assault to capture Tripoli in the west, while Turkish support for Tripoli’s effort to repel him has turned the conflict into a proxy war.

-A call for a ceasefire from Russia and Turkey helped reduce fighting a week ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin said ahead of a meeting with Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the conference.

-“We don’t lose hope that dialogue will continue and the conflict will be solved,” Putin said.

-Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio called the summit a “point of departure” for achieving a ceasefire and blocking a flow of arms into Libya that has accelerated with Haftar’s offensive.

https://www .trtworld .com/africa/foreign-powers-back-libya-ceasefire-as-warlord-chokes-oil-flows-33070

TRT World didn’t sound too enthusiastic about the peace conference, but they did manage to point out the important part which is that there are noticeable improvements to the situation in Libya.

Russian news.

From Sputnik

-German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stated that the participants of the Berlin conference agreed on a comprehensive settlement plan for Libya. She continued on by saying that the countries agreed that an arms embargo must be respected.

“We had very intense consultations here in Berlin. And we managed to make a contribution, give a new impetus to the political process in Libya, to bring peace to the country and the Libyan people. I believe that the conference in Berlin supported the UN-sponsored peace process”, Merkel told journalists at the press conference, following the talks.

-Both the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) commander, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, and Fayez Sarraj, the head of the rival Government of National Accord (GNA), were not included in the main list of participants of the Berlin conference on Libya, but their presence is mentioned in a German government press release.

-The Berlin conference follows the intra-Libyan talks in Moscow, which had the participation of representatives of Russia and Turkey. Haftar left Moscow without signing a ceasefire agreement with Sarraj’s government, whose delegation signed the agreement and then headed to Istanbul.

https:// sputniknews .com/world/202001191078080086-merkel-participants-of-berlin-summit-agree-on-comprehensive-plan-for-libyan-settlement/

Sputnik highlighted Chancellor Angela Merkel’s thoughts on the peace conference. There was an agreement on an arms embargo on Libya.

And finally German news.

From Deutchland dot DE

Berlin (dpa). The countries involved in the civil war have committed to complying with an arms embargo and ending military support for Libya. German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) spoke on Sunday evening of a comprehensive agreement on political steps for a peaceful solution under the umbrella of the United Nations. Everyone involved had emphasized that “there is no military solution.” Merkel was reserved when asked about a possible deployment of the German Armed Forces to monitor a ceasefire, pointing out that first steps should always come prior to second steps being discussed.

Merkel believes there is “a chance that this ceasefire will hold”

The conference was also attended by the Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and his opponent, General Chalifa Haftar, without the two ever speaking to each other directly. German Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) said that he and Merkel had met the two separately and also discussed Libya’s blocked oil ports. “Both sides agreed in principle to find a solution for that,” Maas reported.

In Libya, a civil war broke out after the country’s long-standing ruler Muammar al-Gaddafi was toppled and killed in 2011. Merkel said she was confident that the ceasefire now planned for Libya would hold. It was, she added, not easy to guarantee this for absolute certain. However, there was a “chance that this ceasefire will hold”. Maas emphasized that it is key that the committee that will now be set up and for which each of the two sides will appoint five members start the discussions on the conditions for a permanent ceasefire.

https:// www .deutschland .de/en/news/arms-embargo-and-ceasefire-agreed

The latest update

From RT

-The head of the UN-backed Government of National Accord, Fayez al-Sarraj has said he would stick to the truce supported at the Berlin peace conference but would still not engage in direct talks with General Khalifa Haftar.

-The prime minister of the Tripoli-based government rejected any possibility of direct talks with his major rival in the years-long Libyan civil war, whose forces control most of the war-ravaged country’s territory but are still unable to capture several major population centers, including Tripoli.

-“For me it’s clear… We will not sit down again with the other side,” Serraj told Reuters in Berlin.

-The two sides joined a ceasefire last week upon the initiative of Russia and Turkey, but after it came into force, militias loyal to Haftar blocked Libya’s eastern oil terminals, bringing the nation’s oil exports to a halt.

https:// www .rt .com/news/478717-libya-pm-berlin-peace-haftar/

Funny tweets on Twitter.

“SecretaryRapture,” that’s just funny. Some people have way too much time on their hands to be thinking up these names. But it’s actually clever, let me explain why.

The Rapture is a cult belief that was tacked on to the Scoffield bible in the 1800’s. The “Rapture,” loosely defined, is the belief that the second coming of the Christian “messiah” can only happen, if the third temple in Jerusalem is built.  It is through this so called “Rapture” that American evangelicals are specifically told to support “Judeo Christianity,” which if held up to the light inside of a vacuum is contradictory because Judaism rejects the divinity of Jesus Christ.

Talmudism holds a belief in a metaphysical seesaw of good & evil. On one side are the good actions of man, and on the other side are the evil actions of man. Whichever way the seesaw tips matters not to Talmudists, as it is believed that the actual tipping itself precedes the first coming of Judaism’s messiah. That’s why Talmudism is dangerous, because it teaches that evil is equal in value to good.

Protesting war is now somehow anti semitism…

China is on board

Pope Francis supports the peace conference and the ceasefire.

Trump supporters are pretending real hard to save face.

They even sent out their special spambots.

Embarrasingly enough, from the Zerohedge article itself:

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas summarized the main thrust of the Berlin conference and continuing efforts at working toward a lasting ceasefire: “Europe and those players who are influential” have been called to Germany because “we have to make sure Libya doesn’t become a second Syria”.

Regrettably, in response to the German FM’s point, no world leader stepped forward to point out the obvious — that neither Libya nor the world would be in this mess of witnessing a deadly Libya War 2.0 tearing the region apart in the first place if it hadn’t been for the 2011 US-NATO regime change war to topple longtime secular autocrat  Muammar Gaddafi.

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