LIBYAPROSPECT – Editorial
The chief of the House of Representatives, HoR, Ageela Saleh, announced his condemnation to the latest terrorist attacks in the French capital, Paris, which killed and wounded tens, and offered his condolences and sympathy to the French government.
The foreign ministry in the temporary government, affiliated to the HoR, issued a statement to denounce the attack, pointing that the terrorism which has swept the Middle East and North African nations threatens the entire region states and the Mediterranean.
At the same time, the war continues in Benghazi between the army under the leadership of the retired general Khalifa Haftar and Islamic State group, Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council
and Ansar Al-Sharia. Libyan observers criticized the Libyan officials’ lack of condemnation of what is happening in Benghazi as they denounce what happened in Paris.
In the past 2 days, a Libyan delegation from the government attended a summit in Malta to coordinate facing illegal migration
in which Libya is considered as part of the problem, since most of the boats are launched from Libya to Europe.
News reports suggest that the Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks. News say that some new migrants to Europe are involved too.
The odd thing is that, Ageela Saleh had to attend a session for the HoR in Tobruk to agree on the Government of National Accord
(GNA) that still needs effort and time, but Saleh missed the session for his Saudi trip to attend the Arab-Latin summit.
Many refused what Saleh did, accusing him of not caring of the Libyan talks; they even believed that he hinders the talks like the chief of the General National Congress, GNC, Nuri Abusahmain, who members accused him of stumbling talks too.
The IS has been gaining ground in Libya, including Derna, East Libya, where American planes shelled the IS sites and killed the Iraqi national leader in the group, Abu Nabil.
The IS also controls Sirte and surrounding area, where the group forces people to follow Bai’a, threatening whoever refuses with kill and displacement, the group holds assassinations in Ajdabya, East Libya.
Abductions happen also in Tripoli against journalists and activists, while authorities there have done nothing to stop them. The latest was against the activist Motaz Al-kharaef, who was released 2
days after abduction in Al-Dahra area in Tripoli. A group affiliated to Eghnewa battalion in Abusleem area in Tripoli.
As for Benghazi, what happens there is a true tragedy, according to observers. The international community refuses to provide Haftar with any support out of lack of trust in Haftar and fear of the arms may find its way to the hands of unknown parties that can intense the crisis.
Observers say that Saleh’s denouncement to Paris attacks isn’t enough and misplaced. For them, arising the Libyan case was a better choice through resuming the talks and forming the GNA, so that Libya can fight terrorism and aid the international community in fighting it.
The Libyan scene is still waiting for developments in the talks, especially after the scandal of the United Nations envoy to Libya,
Bernardino Leon with the Emirates that is accused of bias for one of the rival teams, arming Haftar, attacking Libyan sites.
According to Tripoli source, the new UN envoy, Martin Kobler, won’t start the talks round until a government is formed.
Questions remain around what could happen in the Libyan talks, will the Libyans get out of the bottle neck with the formation of the government?