Khalifa Haftar refuses to merge his forces with those of UN-backed Libyan GNA
In an interview on TV, General Khaifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army(LNA) of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR), said it was "unthinkable" for his eastern forces to join those of the UN-backed Government of National Accord.
|Before he could even consider doing so, he said the militias supporting the GNA should be disbanded. Many of these militias are headed by Islamists, Haftar considers his enemies. The enmity is mutual. There are some members of the LNA who support the GNA, including the defense minister, but for the most part the GNA depends upon various militia groups for security and also for the operation against the Isamic State. Militia groups from Misrata have taken the lead in the costly offensive against the Islamic State, as they advance towards Sirte.|
"Firstly, We have no links with Mr Seraj and the Presidential Council which he leads is not recognized by the parliament (in the east). Secondly, on this unified command center, I would like to stress that Mr Seraj relies on militia and we refuse them. An army cannot unify with militias so they must be dismantled. It's unthinkable to work with these armed factions."
Haftar has repeatedly expressed his disregard for the Libyan Dialogue, the United Nations, and the new unity government, which was established to aid in establishing national reconciliation and unite Libya’s various political and armed factions vying for power and control of the country since the ousting of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.I believe that the GNA was established to further the interest of foreign powers primarily. The aim was for the GNA to ask for foreign intervention to fight the Islamic State and help stem the flow of immigrants to Europe.