After the meeting of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin, a joint written statement was made on behalf of the two leaders:
We are watching with great concern the developments in Libya, which has suffered from the war for a long time, especially the increasing conflicts around Tripoli. The deteriorating situation in Libya undermines the security and stability of the large contiguous region, the entire Mediterranean region and the African continent, and triggers irregular migration, further proliferation of weapons, terrorism and other criminal activities, including illegal smuggling.
We reiterate our strong commitment to Libya’s sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity. Permanent peace and stability in the country can only be achieved by a Libyan-led political process based on sincere and inclusive dialogue between Libyans. Seeking a military solution to the ongoing conflict in Libya only causes more pain and deepens the division between the Libyans. Based on the Libyan Political Agreement of 2015, UNSCR Resolution 2259 and other relevant UNSC Resolutions, the immediate priority of the ceasefire among Libyans to initiate a comprehensive political process under the auspices of the UN is its immediate priority.
We reaffirm our support for the Berlin Process, which aims to create a favorable environment to stimulate the UN-facilitated political process, and recall that it can only produce tangible results with the participation and commitment of Libyans and neighboring countries.
We have decided to take the initiative under the current critical conditions and in line with the objectives set out by the relevant UNSC Resolutions. In this context, as mediators, to stop all conflicts in Libya at 00.00 on 12 January, to declare a sustainable ceasefire supported by measures necessary to ensure stability in the field and to normalize daily life in Tripoli and other cities, to end the suffering of the Libyan people and We call for an immediate meeting around a negotiating table in order to restore prosperity. We firmly believe that Libyans can independently decide the future of their homeland within the framework of a national dialogue that takes into account the interests of all citizens without exception.