Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, left, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, third left, and Mike Pompeo, fourth right, Foreign Minister of the USA, attend a conference on Libya at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (Kay Nietfeld/DPA via AP, Pool)
UPDATED 12:10 PM PT — Sunday, January 19, 2020
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is attending a conference in Berlin to discuss how to bring an end to the Libyan Civil War. During Sunday’s summit, the prime minister met with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, among others, to begin talks of a possible ceasefire for Libya.
Many leaders, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have agreed a ceasefire negotiation involving the United Nations would be the best strategy for lasting peace.
“It’s time now to move on and to bring Libya together under the UN,” said Johnson. “The people of Libya have suffered enough, it’s time for the country to move forward.”
Bangladeshi men who were rescued off the Libyan coast on Friday, watch the sea from the deck of the Open Arms rescue vessel as the ship approaches the port of Messina, Italy, Wednesday, Jan . 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)
Libya has faced civil war since the Arab Spring, which lead to the overthrow of leader Muammar al-Gaddafi in 2011.
6 million people are currently under the rule of either the unsupported Government of National Accord or the military, which is supported by other powers in the region.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, front center right, and French President Emmanuel Macron, front center left, pose during a group photo at a conference on Libya at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. Front row left to right, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, President of the Republic Congo Denis Sassou Nguesso, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)