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.  »

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How the Battle for Libya Has Become a Proxy Conflict

20/01/2020 – Since the 2011 NATO-backed revolt in Libya that ended 42 years of rule by strongman Muammar Qaddafi, the oil-rich North African country has been in perpetual turmoil. The latest phase began in April, when military commander Khalifa Haftar and his forces marched on the capital Tripoli determined to unseat the internationally backed government located there. The battle for the city accelerated interventions in Libya by Russia and neighboring countries as they maneuver to shape the future of the OPEC member state. More than 2,000 people have been killed and tens of thousands displaced by the fighting for Tripoli. In January, Russia and Turkey, which opposing factions, pushed the rival sides to accept a ceasefire. Continuer à lire … « How the Battle for Libya Has Become a Proxy Conflict »

Communique on the Libya Conference in Berlin (AU)

20/01/2020 – The Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat attended a conference on Libya in Berlin, Germany, at the invitation of Chancellor Angela Merkel, alongside President Denis Sassou Nguesso, Chairperson of the AU High-Level Committee on Libya.

The conference, which invited international actors including all the permanent member states of the United Nations Security Council, had for its objective to assist the United Nations to unify the international community in their support for a peaceful solution to the Libyan crisis.

The Chairperson reiterated the African position in support of a full and unconditional ceasefire, the respect for the UN arms embargo and the need for violators to face sanctions, and the return to an inclusive Libyan-led and owned political process that includes an effective follow-up monitoring mechanism.

The African Union High Level Committee on Libya, established in 2011, is expected to convene a follow up meeting in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, on 30 January 2020, to study the evolution of the situation in Libya, ahead of the February 2020 AU Summit of Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Greece, Israel and Cyprus urge Turkey not to send troops to Libya

03/’1/2020 – The Turkish bill authorizing the deployment of troops in Libya marks a dangerous escalation of civil war in a North African country and seriously threatens stability in the region, said in a joint statement from Greece, Israel and Cyprus said. Continuer à lire … « Greece, Israel and Cyprus urge Turkey not to send troops to Libya »

Algeria reiterates support for GNA

02/01/2020- Spokesman for the Algerian Foreign Ministry has said that the agreement signed between Libya and Turkey is a sovereign issue between the two countries and is not of Algeria’s concern. Continuer à lire … « Algeria reiterates support for GNA »

Turkish parliament to vote on Libya troop deployment

02/01/2020- The Turkish parliament is to vote on Thursday on whether to approve sending troops to support the United Nations-backed Libyan government, which is besieged in the capital Tripoli by the forces of General Khalifa Haftar, who is backed by Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Russia and Jordan. Continuer à lire … « Turkish parliament to vote on Libya troop deployment »

EU Foreign Affairs Official Heads Delegation to Libya on Jan.

29/12/2019 – EU High Representative of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said he will, along with a number of European Ministers, visit Libya on January 7 to meet Libyan leaders. Borrell disclosed the visit at a phone call with the GNA Foreign Minister Mohamed Siala to discuss situation in Libya. Borrell said he will be accompanied, on his visit to Libya, by Foreign Ministers of Italy, Germany, Britain and France, to discuss the situation in the country with the Head of the Presidency Council Fayez Al Serraj. Meanwhile, the Belgian capital is hosting a meeting on Monday on the Libyan crisis, which will bring together high ranking officials from Italy, Germany, France and the United Kingdom, to arrange for the EU mission to Libya.

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