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Lavrov accuses NATO in destruction of Libya

Russia’s top diplomat Sergey Lavrov underlined that the cause of the Libyan crisis today lies in NATO’s actions back in 2011. He pointed out that, since then, Libya has become a failed state and a ‘black hole’ for terrorists, arms trafficking and illegal migrant flows.

It is very difficult to move forward without understanding the underlying causes,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov continued. “…We would like Libyans themselves to determine their fate and begin an inclusive, businesslike dialogue without any artificial deadlines imposed on them from outside and without attempts to rush Libyans against their will.”

We are concerned about the fact that some armed groups in certain parts of Libya said they would use warplanes against the Libyan National Army,” he pointed out. “Those who have influence with these units, must prevent this escalation.

Lavrov stressed that the global community needed to call on the Libyans to cease hostilities and sit down at the negotiating table.

Russia is opposed to blame the Libyan crisis on one of the side of the conflict,  Minister said following talks with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry.

Today we discussed Libya in detail taking into account the developments there. We keep a close eye on the armed forces’ advance, including the Libyan National Army and other groups, including those, which are illegal armed groups and control a considerable part of the country’s capital and some other areas,” Lavrov said. “We exchanged information on how this situation is discussed by the UN Security Council. We are opposed to attempts to apportion blame unilaterally.”

Moscow maintains contacts with all Libyan parties. “We welcomed contacts between Libyan National Army Commander Khalifa Haftar and head of the Government of National Accord Fayez al-Sarraj,” Russsian diplomat said. “During our contacts with all Libyan political forces, we send them the same signals, and we have never tried to bank on anyone. I am certain this is the way one should act in this case.”

He drew attention to the fact that the UN Security Council would convene again on Saturday to get detailed information on the developments in that country.

Kremlin calls for talks amid Libya crisis

We are watching the developments in Libya very closely,” Kremlin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said, while explaining Russian’s stance on volatile situation in Libya.

“Commenting on the advancement of Marshal Khalifa Haftar to Tripoli, the Kremlin spokesman said: “Moscow is not participating in this in any way.” 

“Without a doubt, we believe that it is essential that any actions must not lead to renewed bloodshed. We also deem it necessary to continue all possible efforts to fully settle the situation through peaceful, political means,” the Kremlin spokesman said.

Meanwhile Libyan meida reports on heavy fighting in Sog Al-Khmies Emsihel region in southern Tripoli between eastern Libya armed groups and western Libya forces as the latter trying to advance on the mountain city of Gharyan.

EU confronted with escalation in Libya

The UN Security Council has called for an emergency meeting on to discuss the escalation in Libya‘s years-long power struggle, as a number of foreign powers urged restraint.

The president of the European Parliament called the EU to act in response to the decision of Marshall Khalifa Haftar (pictured) to send troop to Tripoli to neutralise the terrorists, and criminal gangs. The decision of the military commander Haftar is supported by Tobruk Parliament, concerned with further degradation of the security situation in Tripoli, and incapability of backed by the West Prime minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj to provide security in the capital.

Subsequently the West is gravely concerned with the fate of their loyal ally Fayez al-Sarraj, who is going to lose the grip on power, and the entire country would be united under the nationalist ruler Haftar, pursuing Libyan interest above all.

 Zintan allies of Tobruk government issued a special press-release welcoming the decision of Marshall Haftar liberate Tripoli from terrorists.

Libya remains in political deadlock

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.

Tripoli in whirlwind of violence

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:

 

 

 

 

Tripoli rejects EU illegal migrants platforms

Tripoli rejects a European Union’s plan to establish migrant centers and it will not be attracted by financial inducements, Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj said.

Rejection of  Fayez al-Sarraj aborted the Italian proposal to organise reception and identification platforms for migrant processing in Africa as a means of resolve divisions among European governments over how to handle an influx of more than 1 million migrants since 2015 Italy hosted.

Libya is a main departure point for migrants trying to reach Europe often on dinky inflatable boats provided by smugglers that often spring leaks or break down.

“We are absolutely opposed to Europe officially wanting us to accommodate illegal immigrants the EU does not want to take in,” Sarraj told German mass-selling daily Bild in an interview. “We save hundreds of people off the coast of Libya every day – our ships are constantly on the move,” he said, adding that Libya was being left to rescue migrants from the Mediterranean alone and needed more technical and financial support.

 

Mogherini inaugurates EU premises in Tripoli

EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini visited Libya today to inaugurate the premises of the European Union Delegation to Libya and the EU Border Assistance Mission in Tripoli, and in view of the Foreign Affairs Council on Monday where the situation in Libya is on the agenda.

In Libya, the European Union is the main humanitarian aid provider, the main supporter of the UN agencies’ programmes, the main bilateral cooperation donor as well as the first economic partner. The return of the diplomatic presence of the EU in Libya will further strengthen the cooperation with the government, the local authorities and the United Nations, and the implementation of projects on the ground.

During her visit, Federica Mogherini met with ChairmanFayez Sarraj, accompanied by the Foreign Minister Siala, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Ghassan Salamé, representatives of UN agencies – IOM, UNHCR, UNDP, UNICEF – and some of the beneficiaries of EU financed projects.

In her meetings, Mogherini discussed the EU’s support to the country and the most effective ways to further strengthen it. She also addressed the most recent developments in Libya,  including in the Oil Crescent. High Representative Mogherini restated the European Union’s support for the Libyan political process, in the framework provided by the United Nations, including preparations for elections. She stressed the need to prepare elections on a solid legal and constitutional basis, and the need that the results are accepted by all.  Mogherini discussed during the meetings the support the EU is already providing for the preparation of elections and the additional assistance it is ready to mobilise to accompany this process.

On top of its political support to Libya, the European Union is the main provider of assistance to improve the lives of Libyan citizens and help them to rebuild their country politically, socially and economically. During the meetings, new initiatives in the areas of health, education, media, youth, support to municipalities, governance and security were discussed.

The close cooperation of the EU with the Libyan authorities and the United Nations agencies – namely the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and International Organisation for Migration (IOM) –  has allowed for assistance and protection to refugees, migrants and internally displaced people in the country, to save lives at sea and assist thousands of people to voluntarily return to their countries, while fighting against the trafficking of human beings. Federica Mogherini discussed with Prime Minister Sarraj the EU’s training of the Libyan coast guard through Operation Sophia, and the cooperation through EUBAM in supporting the authorities to manage the land borders, particularly in the South, also in the framework of regional initiatives.

They also discussed the successful work done by the Task Force established by the European Union, the African Union and the UN at the EU-African Union summit in Abidjan last November, that has led to assisted voluntary return of 20.000 irregular migrants from Libya to their countries of origin.

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