Germany has called on east Libya-based commander Khalifa Haftar on Monday to immediately stop military offensive on the capital city of Tripoli.
Speaking at a news conference in Berlin, government spokesman Steffen Seibert reaffirmed Germany’s strong support for UN’s efforts to stop clashes between rival forces in Libya.
“We are calling on those responsible, especially General Haftar and his so-called Libyan National Army (LNA), to immediately stop military operations,” Seibert said, and urged conflict parties to refrain from rhetoric that can further escalate the situation.
UN repeats call for Libya truce to allow evacuations
The U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator in Libya, Maria Ribeiro, called on Libya's rival forces on Monday to observe a temporary truce to allow the evacuation of civilians and wounded from conflict areas around Tripoli.The United Nations had called for a two-hour truce on Sunday between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in Wadi Al-Rabeea, Al-Kayikh, Qasr bin Ghashir and Al-Aziziyah, but it was not respected and evacuations could not take place, another U.N. report said.Libyan govt forces retake Tripoli Airport from Haftar
Libyan govt forces retake Tripoli Airport from Haftar
Forces loyal to Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) on Monday recaptured the Tripoli International Airport from military commander Khalifa Haftar, according to a local military source.Haftar is affiliated with a rival government based in Libya’s eastern city of Al-Bayda.“GNA brigades managed to reassume control of the airport after it was briefly seized by pro-Haftar forces,” a GNA military source told Anadolu Agency on Monday on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media.According to Libya's Al-Ahrar television channel, the GNA’s air force, meanwhile, has continued to target the Al-Watiyah Airbase (located 130 kilometers southwest of Tripoli), which pro-Haftar forces have been using to stage attacks on forces loyal to the Tripoli government.Haftar’s self-styled “Libyan National Army” has yet to comment on the source’s assertions.Last Thursday, Haftar announced the launch of a military campaign -- dubbed “Flood of Dignity” -- aimed at capturing Tripoli from the UN-backed government.One day later, he announced that his forces had taken the international airport located on the capital’s outskirts.At a subsequent press conference, Haftar spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari vowed that the campaign would not stop “until it achieves its objectives”.Libya has remained beset by turmoil since 2011, when a bloody NATO-backed uprising led to the ouster and death of President Muammar Gaddafi after four decades in power.Since then, the country’s stark political divisions have yielded two rival seats of power: one in the eastern city of Al-Bayda, with which Haftar is associated, and another in Tripoli, which enjoys the UN’s support.
Meanwhile, German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Adebahr told reporters that recent developments in Libya was an agenda item in today’s EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg.
“We are working to define a common EU position, this is very important,” she stressed.
On Thursday, Haftar launched a military campaign to recapture Tripoli from the UN-backed government.
Libya has remained beset by turmoil since 2011, when a NATO-backed uprising led to the ouster and death of President Muammar Gaddafi after four decades in power.
Since then, the country’s stark political divisions have yielded two rival seats of power: one in the eastern city of Al-Bayda, to which Haftar is linked, and another in Tripoli.
'France had no warning of Haftar's advance on Tripoli'
France had no prior warning of Libya's eastern commander Khalifa Haftar's advance on the capital Tripoli and was not trying to clandestinely undermine the country's peace process, a French diplomatic source said on Monday. "The immediate need in Libya is to protect the civilian population, put an end to the fighting, and get all the key Libyan players back around the table," the diplomat said.France had "no hidden agenda", the official added.
British voters say give us a strong leader and reform the Brexit-fatigued system
British voters want a strong leader who is willing to break the rules and force through wide scale reform after three years of Brexit crisis pushed confidence in the political system to a 15-year low.The 2016 referendum revealed a United Kingdom divided over much more than EU membership, and has sparked impassioned debate about everything from secession and immigration to capitalism, empire and what it means to be British.Yet more than a week since the United Kingdom was originally supposed to leave the EU on March 29, nothing is resolved: it remains uncertain how, when or if it ever will.Research by the Hansard Society found that 54 percent of voters want a strong leader who is willing to break the rules while 72 percent said the system needs "quite a lot" or "a great deal" of improvement.EU's Moscovici optimistic Britain won't crash out of EU on April 12Confidence in the system at the lowest level in the 15-year history of the survey, lower even than after the 2009 expense scandal when lawmakers were shown to have charged taxpayers for everything from an ornamental duck house to cleaning out a moat."Opinions of the system of governing are at their lowest point in the 15-year Audit series – worse now than in the aftermath of the MPs’ expenses scandal," according to the Hansard Society."People are pessimistic about the country’s problems and their possible solution, with sizeable numbers willing to entertain radical political changes."Just a quarter of people had confidence in lawmakers' handling of Brexit.The survey was conducted between Nov. 30 and Dec. 12 by Ipsos MORI. EU's Mogherini calls for humanitarian truce in Libya