Chad’s Foreign Minister: The spread of arms and the worsening situation in the Sahel have been caused by the Libyan crisis

26/01/2020 – Chad’s Foreign Minister, ‘Mohamed Sherif El-Zein’, declared that the Libyan crisis is one of the reasons for the worsening situation in the Sahel region, due to the proliferation of weapons, which facilitates the spread of terrorist groups. « In addition to Libya, the neighboring countries of Libya are the first concerned with the Libyan crisis, » the Russian news agency, Sputnik, quoted « Al-Zain » as saying in a speech during the start of the foreign ministers’ conference of the countries neighboring Libya in the Algerian capital, Thursday. Adding « Currently al-Sahel in a fiery situation, for several reasons, on top of which is the Libyan crisis, due to the proliferation of weapons significantly, which facilitated the spread of terrorist groups.  »

LANA / Libya

Sahel-Elite (Bamako-Mali)

Greek PM says no EU deal on Libya unless Turkey accord scrapped

23/01/2020 – Libya’s internationally recognized prime minister, Fayez al-Serraj, said this week that his country will face a “catastrophic situation” unless foreign powers put pressure on eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar to lift a blockade of oilfields that has cut output to almost zero. Continuer à lire … « Greek PM says no EU deal on Libya unless Turkey accord scrapped »

Germany – Intensifying cooperation on Libya – Maas visits Algiers and Tunis

23/01/2020 – Following the Berlin Libya Conference, the priority now is to implement the decisions adopted there. To achieve this, it is important to involve Libya’s neighbouring countries and the region. That is why Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is travelling to Algeria and Tunisia. Continuer à lire … « Germany – Intensifying cooperation on Libya – Maas visits Algiers and Tunis »

EU: Adjustment of Sofia Operation to Involve Arms Embargo on Libya Agreed.

22/01/2020 – EU High Representative of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell has said that EU members have agreed to adjust Sofia Operation concerned with combating trafficking in the Mediterranean to involve forcing of the arms embargo imposed by the UN on Libya. In statements following talks by EU Foreign Ministers here on Monday, Borrell said EU ambassadors and experts were authorized to provide proposals of tangible results on how to impose a ceasefire and execute an arms embargo by the time of the next meeting in Brussels on Feb 17.

LANA / Libya

Sahelk-Elite (Bamako-Mali)

 

 

Britain is investigating how Albanian guns were sent to Africa

21/01/2020 – Great Britain has involved the Albanian Prosecution into a series of investigative actions regarding a drug traffic case started by the Office of Customs and Revenues in the UK. Continuer à lire … « Britain is investigating how Albanian guns were sent to Africa »

Burkina Faso’s security disaster

22/01/2020 – Europe discusses a stronger military engagement in the Sahel. But the example of Burkina Faso shows the need for more.

In a highly symbolic ceremony on 13 January 2020, prior to the G5 Sahel summit in Pau, French President Emmanuel Macron and the presidents of Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad, laid a wreath for the 13 French soldiers who lost their lives in a helicopter crash in Mali last November. 4,500 of their comrades are currently stationed in these countries as part of Operation Barkhane in the face of loud protests from large parts of the population and the resistance of a growing number of intellectuals. They are accusing the French foreign intervention of imperialist motives on the one hand, and ineffectiveness on the other — and even of fuelling the conflicts. Continuer à lire … « Burkina Faso’s security disaster »

Sudan regrets that Libya’s neighbours were not invited to Berlin conference

21/01/2020 – Sudan expressed regret that neighbouring countries were not invited to participate in a conference organized by Germany to discuss a negotiated solution for the Libyan crisis.Berlin hosted on Sunday a meeting for the leaders of Algeria, Britain, China, Egypt, France, Italy, Russia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and the U.S. to discuss ways to end fighting between the north African nation’s warring factions Continuer à lire … « Sudan regrets that Libya’s neighbours were not invited to Berlin conference »