Rebuilding of Confidence and Security is Key to Libya
Britain’s Ambassador to Libya Peter Millett gave a wide-ranging talk to the House of Lords, covering the situation in Libya, as reported by the Libya Herald. He stated that there are good signs and troubling ones as well.
On security, Millett said that Tripoli was calm and that the Presidency Council (PC)/Government of National Accord’s (GNA) ministers had started to operate from their ministries. He said that most of the Tripoli based militias were ”accepting and welcoming” of the LPA.[Libyan Political Agreement]
Outside of Tripoli,
“The security situation was not good”, Millett admitted. The GNA was trying to bring different militias under one unified command, he explained, adding that it was going to be difficult to achieve due to regional variations, but that ”it was a work in progress”.
Elsewhere in the country, there is ”a lot of instability and insecurity” from militias and from IS/Daesh in and around Sirte.
Regarding the political situation Millet sees signs that the GNA [Government of National Accord] appears to be bringing the various factions together under its authority. As for ISIS, they are losing control of Sirte, but their forces might disperse across the country and bring instability wherever they go.
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