The UN envoy for Libya Ghassan Salame expressed hope for another attempt to hold an election by June 2019 after he abandoned scheduled one for December this year, but he added that Libyans should first use a national conference early 2019 to decide on the poll’s format. Ambassador expressed himself at margins of the conference taking place on 12-13 of November “For Libya with Libya” in Palermo, Italy.
The diplomat announced the decision to abandon plans of this year elections scheduled on December 10 after a break out of violence, which has not come to the halt since the assassination of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. However it is not clear if the adjusted new schedule will go through after the rejection of the the major political rival of he Western-backed Chairman of the Natiional Accord Governemnt in Tripoli Fayez Al-Sarraj to take part in the tailored discussion on the second day of the conference.
Reportedly Marshall Khalifa Haftar aides indicated that the commander, in case he arrives, will discuss exclusively combating terrorism and will not attend plenary sessions on November, 12 focused on finding a modality for a political deal to end ongoing fighting among Libya‘s multiple militias and other factions.
The Conference on Libya is hosted by Prime minister Guiseppe Conte, whose chances of making it into a success are slim in absence of will to compromise between two major rivals – Al-Sarraj and Haftar, and lack of interest from the leadership of France and Germany, who did not attend the event.
“It’s fundamental to seize this opportunity to back the cease-fire, to facilitate discussions for the realizations of new security assets in Tripoli and to show the international community’s determination to sustain the creation and deployment of regular armed forces and security forces,” Conte was quoted as interviewed by La Stampa.
The triple explosion and following gunfire attack next to the hotel in Mogadishu area claimed lives of 39 people and left 17 wounded, media has been reporting since November 9 afternoon, when the suicide bomber used his device.
Security guards at the Sahafi hotel and an office next door opened fire after two suicide car bombs went off. A third blast from a bomb placed in a three-wheeled “tuk-tuk” vehicle near the hotel also hit the busy street.
“We have confirmed 39 civilians died and 40 others were injured in yesterday’s blasts,” said a police officer in the Mogadishu.
“The death toll may rise because some people are still missing.” The owner of Sahafi Hotel has been also killed in he attack just three years after his father died in a similar assault.
Al-Shabab claimed it targeted government officials staying at the hotel.
Some reports say armed militants stormed the building guarded by security officers after the first of at least three bomb blasts.
Eyewitnesses spoke of heavy gunfire in the area.
A mass grave with 200 bodies is under Ethiopia police examination, investigating the burial discovered at the border between the Oromia (Oromiya) and Somali regions, state-media said.
The place of massacre was found during an investigation of a former administrator of the Somali region Abdi Mohammed awaiting a trial over allegations of provoking ethnic clashes, and subsequently facing trial on charges of human rights abuses and stoking clashes, according to the reports of the Fana Broadcasting Corporation reported quoting police officials.
Police has not made public any further details.
The EU gave positive evaluation of the initial steps taken towards the implementation of the ‘Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan’, signed on 12 September under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)’, but Europe expects it should be followed by other actions in the same direction.
“In Juba South Sudanese parties reconfirmed their commitment to the The initial steps taken towards its implementation, are going in the right direction and should be followed by others”, the text of the European Action Service statement says.
“However fighting continues in some areas of the country. It is important that all parties immediately observe the provisions of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement of December 2017 and disengage and separate their forces in close proximity as agreed by them. Full and unimpeded humanitarian access throughout the country is equally paramount. Recent reports have documented grave human rights violations and abuses in South Sudan, some of which may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. We expect all parties to hold perpetrators of violence to account, and ensure that transitional justice and accountability mechanisms are in place for the people of South Sudan.
“The full implementation of actions, such as releasing all prisoners of war and political detainees, would build confidence among South Sudanese parties and with the international community and is critical for an effective peace process, with political and economic inclusiveness, transparency and accountability.
“IGAD and its member states have a central role to ensure that the Agreement is implemented by the parties.The European Union will continue to support the region and to show solidarity with the people of South Sudan and remains committed to accompanying them on their journey towards peace, reconciliation, stability and resilience.
At the U.N. Security Council France proposes to implement sanctions on militias involved in ongoing clashes between rival factions Tripoli, which has undermined U.N. efforts to hold elections in Libya by year-end to unite the country.
More than hundred people have been killed and 400 injured in hostilities between the Seventh Brigade, or Kaniyat, from Tarhouna, a town 65 km southeast of Tripoli, against the Tripoli Revolutionaries’ Brigades (TRB) and the Nawasi, two of the capital’s largest armed groups.
Tripoli and western Libya are lead by a U.N.-backed government mainly supported by armed groups, while Eastern Libya is controlled by a rival administration, supported by Tobruk Parliament.
“In the face of the worsening security situation in Tripoli, there is a responsibility to support the Libyans and that means we must be tougher on those that want to keep the status quo for their benefits,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said reporters ahead of a meeting hosted by France on Libya on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.
In 2013, France opened an investigation into the allegations after French news website Mediapart published reports following the claims by Franco-Lebanese businessman, Ziad Takieddine. Takieddine alleged he transferred €5 million from Gaddafi’s former intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi to the head of Sarkozy’s campaign – Claude Gueant.
Hundreds of prisoners escaped from Tripoli jail using the “window of opportunity” opened due to destabilization caused by ongoing fighting between rival armed groups in the Libyan capital. An official said as the United Nations called for the warring parties to meet on September 4.
The inmates forced open the doors of the Ain Zara prison and guards were unable to stop them, the official said, confirming a judiciary police statement posted on social media, mentioning escape of 400 convicted.
According to Reuters news agency the official asked not to get identified and could not provide more details.
The prison is located in southern Tripoli, an area hit for one week by heavy fighting between armed groups.
The United States, France, Italy and Britain condemned what they described an escalation of violence in and around the Libyan capital Tripoli, warning that armed groups which undermined Libyan stability would be made accountable. The confrontation resulted in closure of Tripoli airport after some rockets were fired in its direction, a spokesman for the state airline Libyan Airlines said.
“These attempts to weaken the legitimate Libyan authorities and hinder the ongoing political process are not acceptable,” Washington, Paris, Rome and London said in a joint statement published by the French foreign ministry.
“We are calling on the armed groups to immediately stop all military action and warn those who seek to undermine stability, in Tripoli or elsewhere in Libya, that they will be made accountable for it,” the statement said.
Reportedly two missiles hit an hotel next to Italian Embassy in Tripoli: