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Libya Civil War Cease-Fire Talks in Russia Fall Apart

  • Prime Minister Sarraj inks truce, Haftar left without signing
  • Berlin conference on Libya to take place Jan. 19 as planned
Libya’s UN-recognized prime minister, Fayez al-Sarraj, fouth right, speaks with Turkish officials in Moscow, on Jan. 13.
Libya’s UN-recognized prime minister, Fayez al-Sarraj, fouth right, speaks with Turkish officials in Moscow, on Jan. 13.Photographer: Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
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Talks to end Libya’s civil war broke down after the commander leading the monthslong assault on the capital left without signing a proposed truce agreement, throwing open the door to a possible renewal of fighting and deeper foreign intervention.

A diplomatic flurry went into high gear. Talks co-sponsor Russia said commander Khalifa Haftar, only left Moscow to consult with backers, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced an international conference on Libya would go ahead on Sunday as announced.