Official statement after Vienna meeting on Libya
The Joint Communique issued after the Ministerial Meeting in Vienna has been published by a number of sources including the U.S. Department of State.
|The statement starts out by welcoming Faiez el-Serraj, the prime minister of the UN-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA) and commending him for his leadership in moving the GNA to Libya which is said to be a turning point in the Libyan political process. It is a turning point in that it represents a concerted attempt to ensure that the wishes of many countries to create just one unified administration are met. The GNA can ask for foreign intervention to fight the Islamic State and help solve the problem of waves of immigrants using Libya as a taking off point to cross the Mediterranean and enter Europe. It is not surprising that Italy co-hosted the meeting along with the United Sates.|
We recognize the necessity of enhanced coordination efforts between legitimate Libyan military and security forces and urge them to work quickly to implement a unified command in accordance with the LPA, to coordinate the fight against Da’esh and UN-designated terrorist groups in Libyan territory. Ensuring security and defending the country from terrorism must be the task of unified and strengthened national security forces. Libyans must fight against terrorism with unity.The group does not explain how there can be "enhanced coordination" between the forces of Haftar and the LNA and the GNA when the GNA is not recognized by Haftar or the HoR. There is already a unified command but it does not include Haftar. How can it include Haftar, commander in chief of the LNA, when the unified command is a function of the GNA which claims it is the commander in chief? Impossibility is no bar to positive rhetoric.
The Government of National Accord has voiced its intention to submit appropriate arms embargo exemption requests to the UN Libya Sanctions Committee to procure necessary lethal arms and material to counter UN-designated terrorist groups and to combat Da’esh throughout the country. We will fully support these efforts while continuing to reinforce the UN arms embargo.The group must be pleased that the GNA is doing what they wanted it to do fight the Islamic State with their help. This position is bound to create outrage among the supporters of Haftar and his loyalists whose Operation Dignity is designed to fight terrorism. From their point of view by supporting the militias loyal to the GNA they will.be helping terrorists even if not those associated with the Islamic State. The group makes it clear that the GNA is "the sole legitimate recipient of international security assistance." However, this will not stop countries such as Egypt, the UAE, and perhaps others who were among the signatories of the agreement from providing arms for Haftar I expect.