Algerian officials would discuss during the current visit to Algeria by French chief staff Gen. Pierre de Villiers guarantees against the targeting of civilians and for the deployment of a force capable of preserving security in Libya in case the West decided to militarily intervene in the country, an Algerian diplomatic source has said.
“The targeting of civilians in Libya will negatively reflect on security in the Arab Maghreb in general,” the source, who preferred to remain anonymous, told Anadolu Agency on Sunday.
“Algeria also wants guarantees that a Western security force will be deployed to ensure stability in Libya after any possible military operations,” the source added, expecting the United States and France to lead these possible military operations.
He said Algeria demanded these guarantees in return for coordinating the military operations with France and the United States.
The source added that Algeria was not confident that military intervention in Libya would lead to stability, citing a 2011 intervention that ushered in extreme anarchy and instability in the North African country.
“Algeria is afraid that violence will just increase in Libya in case Western military operations are carried out in it against radical movements,” the source said.
De Villiers has started a visit to Algeria on Saturday and is expected to stay three days in the country.
On Sunday, the French general met with the chief of staff of the Algerian army Gen. Ahmed Gaid Saleh. The two generals discussed bilateral cooperation and current issues, according to the Algerian Defense Ministry.
Local media made links between de Villiers’ current visit to Algeria and previous statements by French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to the French newspaper Le Figaro that France might move its force in Chad toward the Libyan border in coordination with Algeria.
Algeria was quick, however, to deny any future plans for participating in military operations in Libya in cooperation with France.
Libya has been beset by turmoil since the downfall of the Muammar Gaddafi regime in 2011. This turmoil and ongoing fighting among the country’s different militias have been a pain in the head for neighboring countries Algeria and Egypt.
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