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Kobler calls for a united army under the GNA

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Kobler: Many militias and armed groups need to be disarmed to ensure safety and security in the region - Internet

LIBYAPROSPECT – London

The UN Secretary General’s special envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, said that the Government of National Accord (GNA) lacks “national legitimacy” and “there is a political stalemate, and the security is not okay, and there are grave humanitarian problems in the country.”

According to the Associated Press (AP), Kobler said that the security should be the primary concern before launching a credible transitional process.

He stated that many militias and armed groups need to be disarmed and disbanded to ensure safety and security in the region; by disarming and disbanding the groups, it reduces the possibility of a civil war because “you can’t have a united Libya with two or three armies.”

He went on to say that he supports a unified Libyan army structure, but if that doesn’t succeed, then three military councils could be established in the three regions of Libya, Tripolitania (West), Cyrenaica (East), and Fezzan (South).

Kobler concluded by saying that he understands it will be a challenge to create one Libyan army as groups in the same region are divided and are loyal to different political bodies.

He has tried multiple times to get in contact with the retired General Khalifa Haftar, who has rejected all of his requests.