Saturday 19 August 2017
(AFP (eng) 08/18/17)
The forces of Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar said Friday they had detained a senior commander two weeks before the International Criminal Court issued a warrant for his arrest over unlawful killings in the flashpoint city of Benghazi. "We hereby inform you that the defendant... has been arrested and investigated by the military prosecutor on those charges" since August 2, as ordered by Haftar, said the general command of his armed forces. The International Criminal Court (ICC) announced Tuesday that it had issued a war crimes arrest warrant for Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf al-Werfalli, "allegedly responsible for murder as a war crime in the context of the non-international armed conflict in Libya". Werfalli commanded a unit...
(AFP (eng) 08/16/17)
International judges issued a war crimes arrest warrant Tuesday against a senior Libyan military commander, suspected of involvement in the deaths of 33 people in the war-torn city of Benghazi. "The International Criminal Court has issued a warrant of arrest for Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli, allegedly responsible for murder as a war crime in the context of the non-international armed conflict in Libya," the Hague-based tribunal said in a statement. Al-Werfalli, born in 1978, is a senior commander in the Al-Saiqa brigade, an elite unit which defected from the Libyan National Army after the uprising against longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011.
(The Libya Observer 08/16/17)
The UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, vowed Tuesday to be unbiased and to find a new mechanism for dialogue among the Libyan conflicting parties so that they reach a consensus to amend the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA.) As he arrived in Misrata and met with the municipal council officials Tuesday, Salame expressed respect for the role of the city in fighting IS militants as well as the sacrifices the city's residents made to achieve stability and security across Libya...
(Xinhuanet 08/16/17)
The newly-appointed UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame visited Libya's third largest city of Misrata on Tuesday, holding talks with political and community leaders of the city. Salame, the special representative of the UN Secretary-General and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, met with officials of Misrata's Municipal Council, community leaders as well as Misrata university students, and discussed the city's needs and future vision. He also commended Misrata's contribution to fighting terrorism and "efforts to build one...
(AFP (eng) 08/14/17)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday backed the efforts of Libya's military strongman Khalifa Haftar and his rival UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj to reach a peace agreement in the conflict-ridden country. "We actively support the emerging trend to step up the process of political resolution, towards a full restoration of statehood in your country," Lavrov told Haftar in remarks released by the foreign ministry after the two men met in Moscow. "We know about your efforts, together with Sarraj, aimed at achieving a generally accepted agreement on optimal ways to execute the Skhirat political agreement that would be acceptable for everyone," Lavrov said.
(Sudan Tribune 08/04/17)
Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour has called the Egyptian government to cooperate on ways to stop the support provided by some Libyan parties to the rebel groups from Darfur region. Ghandour and his visiting counterpart Sameh Shoukry held Thursday the joint political consultations meeting where they discussed the implementation of outcomes of the joint presidential cooperation committee, held last June, including the strategic cooperation document, the consulate cooperation, border crossing committee, coordination at regional and international forums as well as...
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Egypt hosted over the past three days two delegations from the Libyan eastern region of Barqa and the northwestern port city of Misrata to outline a roadmap for inter-Libyan national reconciliation, the Egyptian army said in a statement on Thursday. Led by Egypt's Chief of Staff Mahmoud Hegazy, the Egyptian Committee on Libya held separate talks with the two delegations, followed by joint talks with their representatives without preconditions, said military spokesman Tamer al-Refaay in the statement. The participants agreed on a time-scheduled roadmap including mechanisms for future meetings "in order to achieve true reconciliation that enhances means of coexistence between Libyans
(AFP (eng) 08/02/17)
A group of rappers who say they had to flee Libya for their art were on their way to Italy Wednesday after being rescued by a charity boat. The self-described musicians were among a group of 17 mostly Libyan men picked up by the Aquarius, a vessel operated by French NGO SOS Mediterranee and international humanitarian organisation Doctors without Borders (MSF), from a fishing boat in distress in waters off the Libyan coast. "I'm (a) rapper, I do rap music,...
(Xinhuanet 07/31/17)
Protesters stormed headquarters of Libya's constitution drafting authority on Saturday, after it unanimously introduced a constitution draft, said authority spokesman. "The authority met today with a quorum of 43 members to vote on a draft constitution after amendments made by members. A draft was approved by 42 members out of 60." Siddiq Dersi, spokesman of the authority told Xinhua. Dersi said that after the meeting, dozens of protesters surrounded the headquarters of the authority, in protest against the voting process...
(AFP (eng) 07/28/17)
Libya's UN-backed unity government chief has denied that an agreement has been struck with Rome to deploy Italian vessels in Libyan waters to combat human trafficking. Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj "denies having asked Italy to send naval vessels into Libya's territorial waters... or fighter planes into Libyan airspace", his Government of National Accord (GNA) said in a statement late on Thursday. "Such allegations... are without any foundation," Sarraj was quoted as saying in the statement. "Libya's national sovereignty is a...
(AFP (eng) 07/28/17)
Authorities in eastern Libya backed by military strongman Khalifa Haftar on Thursday ordered the closure of a Sudanese consulate and the expulsion of 12 diplomats, a pro-Haftar news agency announced. It said the order to shut down the mission in Kufra, an oasis in southern Libya, was taken on the grounds of "damage to Libyan national security". The consul and 11 consular staff were given 72 hours to leave the country, which has been mired in anarchy since the 2011 revolution that toppled its longtime leader Moamer Kadhafi.
(Reuters (Eng) 07/28/17)
Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni received a "friendly" phone call on Thursday from French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the STX France shipyard, Libya and immigration, Gentiloni's office said. Relations between the two EU allies has been strained this month by a number of issues, including France's decision to block a bid by Italian state-owned shipbuilder Fincantieri to buy a controlling stake in STX France. Rome has also felt slighted by France's diplomatic moves in Libya and annoyed by Macron's...
(Andalou Agency 07/28/17)
Sudan upset by Libya ordering closure of Sudanese Consulate in Kofra, southeastern Libya, near where the 2 countries meet. Sudan is protesting Libya ordering the closure of Sudan’s Consulate in the city of Kofra, in southeastern Libya, near where the two countries meet. After accusing the consulate staff of involvement in actions that threaten national security, Libyan authorities gave Sudan’s diplomats 72 hours to leave the country. In a press statement on Thursday, Sudan’s Foreign Ministry blasted the decision, denying...
(Bloomberg 07/27/17)
A French-led effort to reunify fractured Libya failed to consult powerful local forces and risks achieving little beyond boosting the legitimacy of a renegade general who has recently racked up significant battlefield gains. On paper, the step taken by Libya’s rival leaders on Tuesday -- guided by French President Emmanuel Macron and a United Nations envoy -- was their boldest yet toward resolving Libya’s six-year crisis. After talks at a country mansion outside Paris, UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj and...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/26/17)
Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj and the divided country's eastern commander Khalifa Haftar committed to a conditional ceasefire and to work towards holding elections next spring in talks chaired by French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday. Past attempts at peace deals in oil-producing Libya have often been scuttled by internal divisions among the myriad of competing armed groups that have emerged since rebels toppled strongman Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. "We commit to a ceasefire and to refrain from any use of armed force for any purpose that does not strictly constitute counter-terrorism,"
(AFP (eng) 07/25/17)
The two main rivals in conflict-ridden Libya made a joint commitment Tuesday to calling a ceasefire and holding elections that French President Emmanuel Macron said would take place in spring 2018. Macron said Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and Khalifa Haftar, the military commander based in the remote east of the vast country, had shown "historic courage" in talks outside Paris. Sarraj and Haftar "struck an agreement to hold elections next spring", Macron said after hosting the meeting. A...
(AFP (eng) 07/25/17)
Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and military strongman rival Khalifa Haftar are set to meet near Paris on Tuesday for talks aimed at easing tensions in their violence-wracked country. It is their first encounter since a rare meeting in Abu Dhabi in May. The talks come as Europe struggles to secure a political settlement in Libya after years of chaos since the NATO-backed uprising that ousted and killed veteran dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011. Here are profiles of the...
(AFP (eng) 07/25/17)
The two main rivals in conflict-ridden Libya are committed to a ceasefire and holding elections "as soon as possible", according to a draft statement released ahead of French-brokered talks Tuesday. The communique says Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and Khalifa Haftar, the military commander who controls the remote east of the vast country, accept that only a political solution can end the crisis. Diplomatic sources said the two sides had agreed on a joint statement but that the text...
(AFP (eng) 07/25/17)
France is hosting a rare meeting on Tuesday between Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and military strongman Khalifa Haftar who backs a rival administration in the east. The French government hopes the meeting will help clinch a political agreement to end years of chaos that has gripped Libya since a 2011 uprising toppled and killed longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi. Here are some of the key challenges facing Libya, also bedevilled by jihadism and people smuggling. - Establishing one central...
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in...

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