Macron told why France did not support the Haftar’s forces in Libya
France does not support the head of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalif Haftar in Libya, French President Emmanuel Macron said on June 29 at a press conference in a suburb of Berlin after meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
He assured the audience that France, together with Germany, was working on a political settlement of the conflict in Libya, and the military operation launched by Haftar in April 2019 completely contradicted the position of Paris.
“The conflict between the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the LNA has caused a flow of migrants to Italy, but also to other countries,” Macron said.
The French president also blamed Turkey and Russia for what is happening in Libya. He said that he was discussing the situation in Libya with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
According to Macron, the Turkish Republic ignores the agreements reached earlier this year during the Berlin conference. Ankara “is increasing its military presence and is transferring militants from Syria to Libya,” he recalled.
Turkey’s position, by interfering in the affairs of Libya with a violating NATO member, “is unacceptable because it poses a threat to peace for Africa, but also for Europe,” Macron added.
Recall that in Libya, the conflict continues between the GNA Fayez Sarraj, controlling Tripoli and the western part of the country, and the LNA led by Khalifa Haftar, who has been trying to recapture the capital since April 2019.
Russia continues to support Haftar’s forces
As we reported on June 26 and according to representatives of the GNA, 11 Russian-made military transport aircraft such as An and Il made a landing at Al-Girdabiye airbase near the city of Sirte. It is also reported on the transfer there of mercenaries from Syria, as well as six complexes “Pantsir-S1”.
Earlier, on June 26, the Libyan National Petroleum Corporation announced that Russian mercenaries had invaded the largest oil field in Libya, Al-Sharara. Allegedly, the night before a convoy of cars entered the field and met with representatives of the NOC facility security.
Russia has repeatedly been accused of invading Libya. On June 23, Petr Ilyichev, director of the department of international organizations of the Russian Foreign Ministry, denied this. “People allegedly fighting in Libya did not actually leave our country. The so-called wounded are quite healthy. It is all available in the public space and again verifiable,” he stressed.
Libyan civil war
In Libya, armed clashes are currently taking place between supporters of different leaders. The country is led by the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Prime Minister Fayez Saraj, the “eastern government” led by Abdullah Abdurrahaman at-Thani.
The eastern government is supported by the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.
Recall that January 13 in Moscow, negotiations were held between the heads of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalif Haftar and the Government of National Accord (GNA) Faiz Sarraj. Also present were members of the Foreign Ministries of Russia and Turkey.
On the meeting the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has notified Russia about the conditions for continuing negotiations on the signing of a peace agreement in Libya.
According to the requirements of Haftar, the militias operating in Libya are required to surrender weapons in the period from 45 to 90 days. This process should be controlled by a special commission created by the LNA together with the UN
Haftar also refused to recognize Turkey as an intermediary in resolving the situation in Libya, since the Turkish side is not neutral and supports the Government of National Accord (GNA).