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Do Cairo meetings seek to empower Haftar?

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LIBYAPROSPECT – Editorial

The Cairo meetings under the supervision of the Egyptian army authorities to unify the military institution in Libya had issued a draft for the Libyan sides to agree on and then implement it.

The draft had included terms agreed on by the attendees, mainly the term of keeping the commander of the Dignity Operation, General Khalifa Haftar, as the general leader of the army for five years.

The draft also proposed forming three councils, national security council under political leadership, national defence council under a military-political leadership, and general leadership council under military command.

From his side, the head of the Presidential Council (PC), Fayez Al-Sarraj, stressed the necessity to come to a final agreement to unify the military institution. Al-Sarraj said that this requires a civil authority represented by the personality of the supreme army leader.

Sources in Cairo said that the organisers of the meeting would invite Al-Sarraj and Haftar to sign on the draft if they agree on the proposals, but some ask if Haftar would be accepted as the general leader of the army.

Observers said that Cairo meetings hadn’t resulted in anything new as expected because Egypt supports Haftar, which means it is not neutral regarding the Libyan crisis.

The observers added that the results are not neutral because Haftar won’t accept to be led by any civil authority. It is known for everyone that Haftar, who was appointed by the Libyan House of Representatives (HoR), is not actually under the HoR authority.

The observers said that it is normal not to accept this draft because it would prepare for the military power to rule the country, which violates the principles of Democracy that most of the Libyans wish to have in their political system in Libya.

Activists refused to fabricate a leading position suitable for one personality, adding that the problem with Haftar is that he doesn’t recognise the current authorities and he refuses to be put under any one of them.

The activists stressed that overcoming this obstacle needs concessions from all sides. It also needs international and local guarantees to bring back the lost trust between the Libyan parties.