Can Libya be saved from a complete collapse? - The Libyan Report

Can Libya be saved from a complete collapse?

Rebel fighters run for cover in front of a burning gas storage terminal during a battle on the road between Ras Lanuf and Bin Jawad. Since Muammar el-Qaddafi was ousted in 2011, Libya has been a hotbed for fighting between rebel groups and extremists all hoping to take control of a piece of the country. (PHOTO: Reuters)

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Libya’s ongoing civil war continues to escalate as the international community scrambles to find a political solution.

On Sunday, world leaders met for a summit hosted by Germany’s Angela Merkel in Berlin, but were unable to secure a ceasefire. During the summit, heads of the two warring factions – Libya’s recognized prime minister, Fayez al-Sarraj and opposition commander General Khalifa Haftar – refused to even meet face to face.

As the summit was taking place, militia forces loyal to Haftar forced a shut-down of Libya’s major oil fields. And new assaults took place on Libya’s capital of Tripoli.

Though the Berlin summit did result in an international agreement to stop the flow of arms into the war-torn country, will it be enough to kickstart peace negotiations and steer Libya away from a complete collapse?

With us to talk about the Libya’s civil war is Hafed Al Ghwell. He’s a Senior Fellow at SAIS Foreign Policy Institute at John Hopkins University. source