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Mercenaries’ elections and exit mark the first international meeting in Libya


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Foreign Ministers and representatives of the EU, the US, the UN and the Arab countries in Tripoli demonstrate their support for the Libyan process

Dbeibah and Mangush host Albares in Tr
Dbeibah and Mangush host Albares in Tripoli.Nada HaribEFE
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Foreign Ministers and representatives of the United States, the UN and other international organizations have expressed their support for the “Libya Stabilization Initiative” and they have insisted on the need for the elections to be held on the scheduled date, during the first high-level meeting organized in the country since the beginning of the civil war.

Received by the National Government of Unity (GNU), designated in March by a forum created expressly by the UN after the ceasefire agreement between Russia and Turkey, the participants have also agreed that there will be no solid stability without the departure of all foreign mercenaries hired by the two rival executives during more than seven years of conflict.

The debate with the GNU has also focused on ways to consolidate the ceasefire, reduce the power of the militias, reunify the Army and establish an economic system that ends the war. treasurer corsair that dominates the country, based on the smuggling of all kinds of products, including migrants.

In a decked out city, the presence of the heads of diplomacy from Spain, Italy, France, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia and Kuwait, as well as the deputy assistant to the United States Secretary of State for the Middle East, Yael Lempert, a representative of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Secretary General of the Arab League, Ahmed Abul Gheit.

Also the low interest of Turkey and Russia, the countries that most influence the Libyan conflict, in a meeting that together with the interim prime minister, Abdelhamid Dbeibah, chaired the UN Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo.

In his opening speech, Dbeibah assured that the GNU does everything possible so that the presidential and legislative elections take place on December 24, as planned, and stressed that it is also crucial that civil and military reconstruction begin. . “We support the efforts made by the High Electoral Committee so that (the elections) take place on the indicated date. I ask all Libyans for a broad and active participation,” he stressed.

His words contrast with others attributed this week by the local press to the head of the interim Presidential Council, Mohamad al Menfi, in favor of postponing the elections until a true national reconciliation is achieved.

At the bottom of the dispute is the point that allows anyone who has held a political or military position to run as an applicant provided they have resigned their position three months in advance, a requirement that facilitates the possible entry into the electoral career of the controversial Marshal Khalifa Haftar, leader of the Army in the east and a true ‘strong man’ of the country.

Weeks ago, Parliament in Tobruk, under the command of the Marshal, approved a new electoral law that he handed over to the UN for the holding of the elections. Days later, the law was rejected by the Tripoli-based Council of State (Senate), which presented another law as an alternative.

The Libyan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Najla al Mangush, for its part, has launched a tougher message by insisting that “there is no other way than total respect for the principle of non-interference.”

“Deterrence policies must be applied for those who intend to intervene in the sovereignty of another State,” he pointed out in direct allusion to the presence of thousands of mercenaries and foreign troops in the country.

During the years in which Haftar extended his power to the rest of the country and raised an unsuccessful siege of the capital, he incorporated thousands of Sudanese, Chadian, Arab, European, Syrian and Russian mercenaries, and in particular the Company. Private Military Security (PSMC) “Wagner Group”, which is associated with the Kremlin and which became famous and fearsome in the wars in Ukraine and Syria.

For its part, the Government of National Accord (GNA) supported by the UN in Tripoli defended itself with the help of the Turkish Army and with thousands of Syrian mercenaries recruited by Ankara from among the Salafi groups opposed to the Bashar al-Assad dictatorship.

The Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jos Manuel Albares, stressed that the stability of Libya “is essential for stability and economic development in the Mediterranean” while his Italian colleague, Luigi Di Maio, has insisted on the need to secure the borders.

“The issue of illegal migration is also a problem for us and we want your support in this regard,” said Dbeibah before emphasizing that the broad international representation “is a strong message that the journey of stability and construction has begun” in Libya.

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