GNA troops make preparations for a planned operation to take the city of Sirte [Mucahit Aydemir/Anadolu]
Turkey has dismissed prospects of any ceasefire in Libya saying a deal incorporating the conflict’s existing front lines would not benefit the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA).
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the coastal city of Sirte and al-Jufra airbase need to be turned over to the GNA before it agrees to a ceasefire.
Khalifa Haftar’s eastern-based self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) has been on the back foot after Turkish support helped the GNA turn back his 14-month assault on the capital, Tripoli.
Asked about a possible operation against LNA-held Sirte, Cavusoglu said there was a diplomatic effort to solve the issue.
“There are preparations