Haftar allies reject Security Team of UN-brokered Government of National Accord
- Deputy Prime Minister of the UN-supported Libyan Government of National Accord(GNA), Ali Al-Gotrani, rejected the 18-member temporary security committee that might make it possible for the GNA to move to Tripoli.
|Al Gotrani said in a complaint letter to Sirraj. the designated PM of the GNA:|
"We strongly reject the formation of the committee without concord or vote from the presidency council. We will never accept this committee which includes controversial figures who led armed militias."Al-Gotrani demanded that the committee contain only officers from the LNA or the police. This is surely unrealistic. The Tripoli area is controlled by Libya Dawn militias for the most part. They are the main armed forces of the General National Congress government, located in Tripoli. To send forces from the Libyan National Army and police would in effect send enemy forces into Tripoli and almost ensure violence.
The international community’s attempts to impose a Government of National Accord on a divided and unwilling Libyan populace appear likely to backfire creating more fragmentation and state collapse — the exact petridish in which ISIS prefers to breed. ISIS attacks on oil facilities at Sidra on 4 January 2016 and on a training facility at Zliten on 7 January showcased the groups commitment to targeting key infrastructure and derailing the UN-mediated political process.The IS actions may not at all derail the UN political process. It may hasten the process. If the process is derailed it will probably be because of internal divisions within the GNA and the refusal of many in the rival governments to cooperate in setting it up.
A number of advisors to Serraj have told the Libya Herald that he and the council are determined to stick to the 16 January deadline. Others, however, have said that he intends to take at least 10 more days, possibly longer. If announced, the House of Representatives is supposed to meet and vote on the GNA by 26 January.If these "deadlines" are missed then the UN will be violating the LPA conditions. The UN will not notice and just forge ahead with whatever it is planning. Do not be surprised if the LPA, which Kobler claims cannot be changed, ends up being altered. The UN refuses to put the LPA, as signed December 17 in Skhirat, on its website so we may not even be able to determine what is changed.