Libyan forces allied with the government resisted calls for a ceasefire put forwards by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi over the weekend.
It comes on the heels of significant reductions by Haftar’s oriental forces in the hands of their UN-backed Authorities of National Accord, located in Tripoli.
The suggested truce underscores the changing balance of power on the floor, states Tim Eaton, a senior research fellow at the Chatham House think tank in London.
“Effectively, this call for a ceasefire would be to suspend the situation and also to stop additional improvements from Western-based forces,” he informed Euronews at a live TV interview.
For the last year, Haftar was on an offensive to capture Tripoli from forces loyal to the UN-supported authorities of national accord (GNA).
However, the GNA, backed by Turkey, gained the upper hand after retaking the capital’s airport, all of the principal entry and exit points into the city along with a series of important cities nearby.
The militias struggling to shield Tripoli quickly refused, rather pushing eastward toward the coastal town of Sirte, a former Islamic State stronghold captured by Haftar’s forces in January.
“Certainly they (the GNA) see the chance to have additional improvements and push eastern-based forces further farther,” said Eaton.
“We are seeing a true change in the energy equilibrium, both indoors involving these actors and globally between those forces that are encouraging the rival factions,” he added.
Haftar’s east-based forces are endorsed by the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, in addition to France and Russia. The Tripoli-based authorities receive help from Qatar, Italy, and Turkey, which stepped up its army service in recent months, helping change the wave of the battle.
The UN support assignment in Libya said that the fighting Tripoli” has shown, beyond any doubt, any warfare one of Libyans is a losing war”
It encouraged both sides to”engage quickly and invisibly” in UN-brokered talks aimed at reaching a lasting cease-fire arrangement, and also to comply with a global arms embargo on Libya.
Libya was in chaos because 2011 when a civil war toppled longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi, who was afterward murdered.