GNA more concerned with control of armed forces than attacking Islamic State
The Presidential Council of the UN-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Prime Minister Faiez Serraj has asked both the forces of General Khalifa Haftar and those from Misrata to stop their advance towards Sirte to fight the Islamic State.
|The Council said the actions should be stopped "until a joint command for the offensive is nominated." It also claimed that any infringement of the rule would be considered a violation of military law. It said that the fight against terrorism should not be used for personal gains.|
The victor will secure greater bargaining power in the ongoing high-stakes negotiations to assemble a U.N.-brokered unity government, the Government of National Accord. The negotiations over the new government have attempted to square the disparate interests of federalists, Islamists and secular nationalists, among others, to establish the defeat of their common enemy, the Islamic State, as the priority. This shared goal has enabled the various groups to overlook their severe ideological and tribal divisions — at least for now.
Misratan militants and local militias loyal to Petroleum Facilities Guard leader Ibrahim Jadhran are positioned between Sirte and Ajdabiya. They fear that on the way to Sirte, Hifter's forces will take control of some of Libya's most important oil and natural gas infrastructure, further consolidating the general's negotiating position. As is the case between Misrata and Hifter, there is mutual distrust between Jadhran and Hifter.Jodhran may already be dismissed so that Haftar need just ensure that the ports and the PFG are loyal to the Al-Thinni government. There is not a word from UN Support Mission In Libya (UNSMIL) head Martin Kobler on all that is happening. He has said nothing so far about when and where the next meeting of the HoR will be to vote confidence in the GNA.