EU ready to move security forces to Libya to help UN-brokered government
If requested by the new UN-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA) the EU is signaling that it will move security personnel into Libya to help the new government.
|A draft statement to this effect was seen by Reuters. Increased concern about the Libyan situation appears to be caused by fears that there will be a new uncontrolled tide of migrants into Italy unless some means can be found to prevent them from leaving Libya. EU foreign and defense ministers will meet this Monday the 18th of April. They will look into border and training missions in Libya. The initial training would be in Tripoli, where the GNA presidency council is located. A draft statement by the diplomats is expected to say:|
"The EU stands ready to offer security sector support in response to possible (U.N.) Government of National Accord requests..A possible civilian ... mission could support Libyan efforts ... through advice and capacity building in the fields of police and criminal justice."The GNA does not yet have the support of the rival House of Representatives (HoR), located in Tobruk, although a vote was scheduled for this Monday. There is as yet no certainty that the vote will take place. The president of the HoR, Ageela Saleh, has recently issued very critical remarks about Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG), and also the GNA led by PM Faiez Serraj. Before the HoR will approve the GNA and pass a constitutional amendment it wants assurances that General Khalifa Haftar will remain as commander-in-chief of the Libyan National Army (LNA) among other demands. The Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) section 8 assigns this position to the Presidency Council until a new chief is chosen. At present, Salah is sanctioned by the EU for not ensuring that the GNA passed through the HoR.
"It's fundamental that Libya has a government... Now we can work with an executive that isn't at the height of its powers, but it exists. In light of the fact that there is now a Libyan government, we will try to get the EU to invest in Africa to put a stop to the death journeys (on overcrowded boats) so we can have a decisively lower and more controlled migrant flow."