LIBYAPROSPECT – Aya Khalil
International representatives continue to call for ending the chaos in Libya and aiding the Government of National Accord (GNA) in fighting terrorism.
The spokesperson of the French government said that his country is ready to intervene in Libya only when the GNA is formed in Tripoli and presented an international demand for intervention.
He denied any French plans for playing individual roles like Mali, asserting that decision must be taken on international or European level.
He added that France will support and take part in anything will be agreed upon within its disposal.
The French defense minister, Laurent Fabius has denied on Tuesday any intention for his country to intervene in Libya against the Islamic State group (IS).
On the other side, the Nigerian President, Mohamed Bokhary, on Wednesday, called for helping Libya to end instability, warning that it might turn into a time bomb that threatens Africa and Europe.
In front of the European parliament, Bokhary said that the outlawed south Libya is worrisome since it allows weapons’ flow, which affects Nigeria and other countries.
“The southern part of Libya is not under any government, it became a weapons market that threatens the security of the Sahel region, as well as North Africa region and beyond. We have to intensify our efforts to find a lasting solution to the Libyan crisis”, he said.
From his side, the former UN envoy to Libya, Tarek Metri, said that all participants in the international conference on Libya, hosted by Italy, agreed on supporting the political process run by Libyans. Some participants excluded intervention while others anticipate it.
The convention hosted a group of the member states of the international ally for fighting the IS, the Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, his American counterpart, John Kerry, and the EU foreign policy representative, Federica Mogherini, in addition to foreign ministers of 23 countries.
An article on the Daily Telegraph, on Wednesday, warned against sending multinational peacekeeping forces to Libya as it will open the door ahead of jihadi groups like the IS for targeting the forces, which means more chaos and victims.
The writer of the article added that Italy, France and Britain, after the Israeli invasion in 1982, sent a multinational force to Lebanon that withdrew after two years after losing 365 soldiers, because of Islamist suicide attacks.