ALGER – The Libyan government has called for more international support to better train security personnel, while allowing Libyan security services to cooperate with counterparts in the east of the country to improve the situation secure and enhance stability.
The main goal of this cooperation will be to strengthen inter-Libyan reconciliation, said the Minister of the Interior of the Government of National Unity (GNA), Fathi Bashagha. Through this measure, the ministry aims to improve the security situation in the country, in the grip of a politico-security crisis since the fall of the former regime of Maâmmar El-Gueddafi in 2011.
"The Minister of the Interior has granted permission to all departmental departments and security services to formally contact their eastern counterparts."
Police officers and security forces from different parts of the country met last Saturday in Benghazi (east) to unify their security efforts. Many observers see this meeting as a significant step towards the reunification of the Libyan state.
The efforts of the international community during the year 2018 for the settlement of the Libyan crisis have made it possible to foresee a peaceful outcome through an inclusive political process, while security and economic challenges still remain to be met and require increased mobilization of the various Libyan parties.
Indeed, members of the international community have multiplied the initiatives during the year 2018 to bring Libya out of a complex and multidimensional crisis. The steps taken, in this context, should allow in particular to lead to the organization of elections in spring 2019, the building of state structures, the unification of the ranks of the Libyan National Army and the the dissolution of the militias and the other armed groups, not to mention the start of the economic apparatus.
However, six years of international efforts, Libya has not yet managed to establish a central authority able to be the guarantor of stability and the only interlocutor vis-à-vis the community international.
A double legislative and presidential election before the end of the first half of 2019
The Libyan security services are struggling to to improve the security situation in the country, which is suffering from an upsurge in violence and political divisions since the fall of the old regime in 2011.
Two rival authorities vie for power in Libya. This is the internationally recognized Government of National Unity (GNA), led by Fayez Sarraj, who sits in Tripoli, and the parliament of Tobruk, in the east of the country, led by Aguila Salah Issa and supported by the Army commanded by Khalifa Haftar, but whose term has expired.
A situation that has not prevented the international community from launching several initiatives to bring the Libyan parties together, while the neighboring countries and their European partners have organized two international conferences. The first took place in Paris on May 29th, while the second, organized by Italy, took place in Palermo on November 12th and 13th.
As part of the road map drawn by the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Libya, Ghassan Salamé, this long-awaited way of resolving the conflict revolves around the establishment of a constitutional framework and the organization of a double legislative and presidential election before the end of the first half of 2019.
In the security register, the Libyan Minister of the Interior held a meeting with the charge d'affaires of the British Embassy in Libya, Andrew Allen. The two leaders met on Wednesday in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, where they discussed their cooperation on security.
According to a statement from the Ministry of the Interior, Bashagha underlined the importance of logistical and security support provided by the United Kingdom to the Libyan government, as well as the need to put in place direct international training through the training of security personnel and capacity building of the Ministry ".
The British diplomat, for his part, reaffirmed the UK's determination to support the Libyan government politically and economically, as well as to work to resolve all the problems in the region, particularly in Libya.