Libya’s divisions

2018/09/15  – Libya is set to miss a mid-September deadline to fix a framework for elections in December, part of a U.N.-led effort to reunify and stabilize a country that splintered after the Nato-backed uprising which overthrew Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The capital has been shaken by heavy clashes and a militant attack on the headquarters of state oil firm NOC, casting new doubt on the election plan. Continuer à lire … « Libya’s divisions »

Libya/Italy – Source: Haftar demands Italy change its ambassador in Tripoli

2018/09/15 – The commander of the Libyan self-styled army Khalifa Haftar asked the Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Milanesi, when the two met near Benghazi earlier this week, to change the current ambassador in Libya, Giuseppe Perrone, after discussions with French intelligence, a source close to Haftar told Libyan Express.
 
The source – an MP in Tobruk – said the request was last Monday in the meeting the two men held in Rajma, where Haftar insisted Perrone must go so his relations with Italy can become more close.
 

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Italian FM Meets Libya’s Haftar in Benghazi

2018/09/11 – Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi held talks in Libya on Monday with Libyan National Army commander Khalifa Haftar.

The meeting in Benghazi was aimed at strengthening bilateral ties, said the ministry.

The two men « had a long and cordial conversation which relaunched close relations with Italy, in a climate of consolidated trust, » the foreign ministry said in a statement. Continuer à lire … « Italian FM Meets Libya’s Haftar in Benghazi »

Theresa May in Africa: cynical post-Brexit development agenda smacks of desperation

20128/08/30 – British ministers in 1948 discussed development investment needs for African colonial territories. The focus was not on the needs of those countries, but on how colonial development might best support the British economy. There was also a political calculation to be considered. Following the rebalancing of global power after 1945, ministers felt that only by strengthening Europe’s African empires could an emergent Western European bloc compete with the US and Soviet blocs. Now, 70 years on, “Africa” remains a shibboleth for British politicians, only this time as the solution to the problem of how Britain can maintain global power and influence following its departure from that Western European bloc under Brexit. Continuer à lire … « Theresa May in Africa: cynical post-Brexit development agenda smacks of desperation »

President of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission and the United Nations (UN) Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel Concluded a High-Level Visit to The Gambia

2018/07//13 – The President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, concluded on 13 July a three-day visit to The Gambia. Continuer à lire … « President of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission and the United Nations (UN) Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel Concluded a High-Level Visit to The Gambia »

Déclaration du Porte-parole sur les incidents à Bamako, Mali

2018/06/04 – La dispersion d’une manifestation organisée par l’opposition ce week-end a fait plusieurs blessés.
L’UE rappelle l’importance du respect des libertés fondamentales, et en particulier la liberté d’expression, en période électorale. Les manifestations doivent se dérouler de manière pacifique, et tous les acteurs, y compris les forces de l’ordre, sont appelés à faire preuve de retenue. Continuer à lire … « Déclaration du Porte-parole sur les incidents à Bamako, Mali »

Violence at the June 2 Opposition March in Bamako, Mali

2018/056/04 -The United States condemns the Government of Mali’s refusal to allow the opposition political march that was requested for June 2, and the subsequent use of violence and tear gas by security forces to break up the peaceful protest by political opposition leaders in Bamako. Continuer à lire … « Violence at the June 2 Opposition March in Bamako, Mali »