The EU’s Libyan Headache Is Growing Worse
Three Libya experts Claudia Gazzani of the ICG, Luiz Martinez of CERI, and Jason Pack of Libya-Analysis.com and Cambridge University debated on the German Radio station Deutsch Walle what the EU should do in Libya and the likelihood of separatism. The three shared their widely divergent views about the federalist situation in Cyrenaica and the role the EU can and should play in the country. Read more here.
Jason Pack, Libya expert at the University of Cambridge in the UK, thinks that all support is vital, particularly the training for civil servants. “The Libyans have money and resources and good people in some areas, but they can’t administer their ministries and don’t manage to pay the men guarding the oilfields on time,” he told DW.
Pack, on the other hand, sees no danger that the country will break apart, and argues that most of the people of Cyrenaica are not separatists. He said there needs to be a common international process. All the states that once rebelled against Gadhafi – even the predominantly Islamic ones – should work together. That, he argues, would send a strong signal to the militias and everyone who stands in the way of a peaceful solution.