A peace process to unite warring Libya is about to kick off. Russia is once again showing the West diplomacy is the only hope for the country which has been wrecked by the West’s meddling. But will a peace process also hold the EU to account?
The head of the Libyan National Army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has told RT he is seeking Moscow’s support in lifting the “unfair” UN arms embargo in order to procure Russian weaponry to battle terrorism, human trafficking and to fully restore Libya’s sovereignty and statehood.
Prominent Libyan military commander General Khalifa Haftar, who represents one of the major forces in the fractured country, has visited Moscow. He met top Russian officials, including the foreign and defense ministers.
After more than three years of fighting, the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) has liberated Libya’s second-largest city from Islamist militants, General Khalifa Haftar announced on state TV, declaring a “new era of peace” in Benghazi.
The use by the US of so-called ‘annihilation tactics’ against ISIS, which includes dropping huge bombs in densely populated areas, would only make things worse; that’s why the Syrian government denounced the strategy, says investigative journalist Rick Sterling.
Nothing has changed the dire situation in Libya since the fall of the Gaddafi regime, said John Graham, former US Ambassador to Libya. A couple of weeks ago there were three separate governments, now we may have a fourth, he added.