TRIPOLI – The head of Libya’s UN-backed unity government called for urgent talks Wednesday after forces loyal to a rival administration seized the main eastern oil ports in defiance of world powers.
Khalifa Hafter must have a role in the unified Libyan army, UNSMIL chief Martin Kobler said today in New York. “I have always said that General Hafter must have a role … and I would like to sit together with him and discuss it” Kobler told a press conference after …
The UN organization of Gender Equality convened in Tunisia, on Wednesday, to speak of the peace operation and human issues in Libya. The meeting discussed the equal participation between to two genders in the transitional period.
In a major blow to almost three years of efforts by the UN to stabilise Libya, the House of Representatives (HoR) today voted to reject the Government of National Accord proposed by the internationally-recognised Presidency Council led by Faiez Serraj.
As IS-held territory in Libya shrinks, the US and EU will be tempted to abandon diplomatic engagement – but they shouldn’t This week, the US began launching air strikes in Libya. If war is the continuation of politics by other means, it is important to look not just narrowly at …
Libya’s current dysfunction is more Orwellian than most realize. The so-called unity government, aka the Government of National Accord (GNA), is not actually a union of the country’s main militias. Nor does it geographically represent the country by combining power centers. It draws almost exclusively on Misratan and Tripolitanian powerbrokers.
There is growing frustration among members of the Libya Dialogue at the inability of the Presidency Council headed by Faiez Serraj to make an obvious impression in the three months since its members arrived in Tripoli. Power cuts, bank illiquidity and enduring insecurity are their prime concerns.
The United Nations envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, denied the statement attributed to him about dividing the Libyan Army into three bodies. He confirmed, in a press release in Tunisia on Saturday, that there must be one and united Army in Libya under the leadership of the Presidential Council (PC).
The Libya Dialogue begins two days of meeting in Tunis tomorrow to try and find a way to persuade the House of Representatives to vote on the Government of National Accord and the adoption of a controversial article in the Libya Political Agreement signed in Skhirat last December.
The Presidency Council has weighed into the alleged release of Saif Al-Islam warning that he remains subject to Libyan and international claims that he committed crimes against humanity. In a statement issued today, the PC said that there could be no amnesty for such accusations.