TRIPOLI, Libya

Libya’s parliament in Tripoli on Thursday welcomed a joint call by the Turkish and Russian presidents to cease-fire in the war-ravaged country.

“Any initiative must not affect the right of the National Accord government and its national army to defend the Libyan people and the capital [Tripoli],” the parliament statement said.

It also confirmed that the Libyan crisis should only be solved through political means.

The party that started the war — Khalifa Haftar forces — could not be part of any political solution, added the statement.

On April 4, Haftar, who commands forces based in eastern Libya,

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