2019-08-26 Africa North||Libya's Interior Minister denies possibility of Misrata-Haftar agreement
[Libya Observer] The Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha said rumors about possibility of an agreement between Misrata leaderships and Khalifa Haftar|
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
in order to keep the city out of the ongoing conflict in Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
are just "daydreams of some delusional people."
Bashagha told German News Agency that Misrata which provided lots of sacrifices for February revolution and war on ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
in Sirte has only the aim of a civilian state, a goal that won't be materialized with Haftar's agenda that aims for the family and dictatorship rule.
"Burkan al-Ghadab (Volcano of Rage) Operation forces are well prepared for foiling any attacks by Haftar's forces and for going further than just the defense against his forces' attacks. Our government won't exclude any party - religious or otherwise - as long as they commit themselves to the democratic political rules and remain away from using force to seize power." Bashagha remarked.
He added that talks about the Presidential Council's government being under the rule of a certain Islamist political group are just media fabrications as some media outlets have stretched the role of Moslem Brüderbund Group and made it a pretext for many failures on their part.
Bashagha indicated that his government respects all parties that believe in peaceful circulation of power, adding that Skhirat Agreement of 2015 that formed the Government of National Accord says that it should fight all groups listed internationally as terrorist, and the government fought them all in Sirte.
Media outlets loyal to Haftar said recently that Misrata leaderships agreed on a dialogue with Haftar and will be withdrawing their fighters from southern Tripoli frontlines and other areas, which was denied by officials from the city.
|Posted by Fred 2019-08-26 00:00||
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