- He insisted that if Haftar did not end his attacks on government forces, the international community should actively intervene in its affairs.
- During his trip to Moscow, Field Marshal Haftar refused to sign a ceasefire agreement.
- The United States, as well as the United Nations, has called for all foreign forces to withdraw from Libya.
On the eve of the Libyan conference in Berlin, Libyan Prime Minister Faiz al-Saraj called for international support for the government. Meanwhile, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar is seizing on Libya’s important oil ports to step up his pressure on the government. The Libyan Prime Minister has formally called on the United Nations to support the country’s official government by calling for peacekeepers.
He insisted that if Haftar did not end his attacks on government forces, the international community should actively intervene in its affairs and defend the Libyan people against these attacks. In this regard, the news sources spoke to Fayez al-Sarraj on Sunday. The Libyan Prime Minister has traveled to Germany to attend the Libyan conference.
The German-language newspaper Taggsspiegel on Sunday printed statements spoken by the Libyan Prime Minister about the deployment of UN peacekeepers. It is not yet clear what countries this potential military action will include. It is not clear, for example, what role the EU or the African Union or the Arab League should play in integrating these peacekeeping forces.
EU foreign policy co-ordinator Josep Borrell has spoken of the troops’ deployment to Libya. It should be borne in mind that Libyan security is very important from the perspective of European immigration policy. Many asylum seekers and refugees are trying to reach Europe through Libya.
Field Marshal Haftar’s Opposition to the Ceasefire
During his trip to Moscow, Field Marshal Haftar refused to sign a ceasefire agreement. Meanwhile, Haftar, like Prime Minister al-Sarraj, is also present at the Berlin conference. In April last year, Field Marshal Haftar launched a military operation in Tripoli. Troops affiliated with the Caliphate of Khutar managed to reach the capital of Libya.
“We welcome the presence of international peacekeepers,” the Libyan Prime Minister said in an interview with news sources. The task of these forces will not be to support the Libyan government, but rather to defend the Libyan people against the constant attacks and bombardment of Field Marshal Haftar. About five asylum seekers have been killed in a recent attack on a refugee camp on the outskirts of the Libyan capital.
US and UN Request
The United States, as well as the United Nations, has called for all foreign forces to withdraw from Libya. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is attending the Libyan conference in Berlin, has told reporters that the situation in Libya is deteriorating day by day, and resembles the situation in Syria. Pompeo has insisted that foreign troops should leave the country to find a solution to the Libyan crisis and civil war.
In addition to representatives of the government and the Libyan opposition, a number of leaders from different countries will also attend the Berlin conference. The conference will be attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, as well as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
It should be noted that Field Marshal Haftar’s attacks on oil ports, as well as the continuing civil war in the country, have drastically reduced Libyan oil production and exports. Libya’s oil production dropped from 1 million barrels a day to 7,000 barrels.