Libyan Resistance Condemn UNSMIL’s Efforts to Undermine Saif Qaddafi’s Central Role in Rebuilding Libya
LIBYAN REVOLUTIONARY COMMITTEES MOVEMENT
ORIGINAL STATEMENT IN ARABIC:
بيان مؤتمر القوى الوطنية لأنصار النظام الجماهيري حول تصريح رئيس بعثة الأمم المتحدة للدعم في ليبيا
Statement by the Conference of National Forces of Supporters of the System of the Masses on Remarks of the Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya
The National Forces noted recent comments of Dr.Ghassan Salama, head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, in which he stated that he did not want dialogue with Dr. Saif al-Islam Qaddafi, who represents the supporters of the system of the masses at home and abroad, on the pretext that he is wanted by the International Criminal Court.
The National Forces are surprised by the issuance of such a statement by the delegate of the international community, which was entrusted with contributing to the resolution of the Libyan crisis by facilitating dialogue between parties, which was reflected and expressed by the three-phase plan approved by the international body and considered a frame of reference for the political solution in Libya.
We emphasize that this latest statement is not in keeping with the path that has been set forth to resolve the Libyan crisis. Rather, he is adopting an approach that deepens the gap between the sons of one nation, because it impedes the rapprochement between them that would end the tragedies that Libyan people suffer every day.
Such a statement supports the continuation of isolationism and exclusion that led to the destruction of the Libyan state, the rise of armed militias, organized crime syndicates and the spread of armed terrorist groups throughout the country.
The National Forces of Supporters of the System of the Masses call upon Dr. Ghassan Salama and the United Nations Mission to distance themselves from all parties and to take full responsibility for conducting dialogue between parties without discrimination.
The National Forces of Supporters of the System of the Masses Emphasize and Declare:
- Dr. Saif al-Islam al-Qaddafi lives among his people and they have the final say in determining his future and the future of their country. He did not seek to meet with the head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, believing that the solution of the Libyan issue should be arrived at through inter-Libyan dialogue, without pressure or external intervention, and towards this end he is making great efforts through reconciliation and dialogue to unite his people, to confront the biased policies that have been and continue to be the main cause of the Libyan crisis.
The International Criminal Court has placed a sword on the necks of developing countries to force them into political positions that serve the interests of colonial nations. Dr. Saif al-Islam al-Qaddafi does not care about accusations made by a court which Libya is not a signatory to. Based on political differences, not legal ones, even countries that frequently use the International Criminal Court as a weapon and instrument of colonial subjugation, have not signed its charter to date.
The Libyan people are free to define their options, as are other peoples who on numerous occasions have chosen leaders facing various politically motivated bogus charges issued by the ICC.
Dr. Ghassan Salama’s statement is entirely based on the logic of exclusion, which will not contribute to a solution or a just political settlement because it is rooted in a lack of a understanding and inaccurate diagnosis of the Libyan situation. This is especially inappropriate from the head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya who was assigned the task of conducting dialogue with all parties to reach a satisfactory solution for all.
This negative approach will not affect the will and determination of the Libyan people looking to save their country through positive interaction with the upcoming electoral station in 2018. Therefore, we call on our people to respond by continuing to register in the voters register to choose those who represent the real interest of the Libyan people.
The Libyan people are the first and the last to determine the future of their country. Therefore, while they welcome the supporting role for a just political settlement, we do not accept foreign dictates.
The Conference of National Forces of Supporters of the System of the Masses continues to expand its work, activate its popular bases and spread the culture of legitimate peaceful struggle until the goodwill of Libya triumphs over all foreign agendas and conspiracies.
Issued on 28/12/2017
Conference of National Forces of Supporters of the System of the Masses
Rival Militias Are Terrorists Belonging to the Presidential Council (GoA)
Armed confrontations between the Baqarah and Da’a forces continued in Muaitika (Mitiga) of the Al-Wefaq government (Government of Accord) and the number of wounded and killed on both sides increases. Many of the abductees managed to escape and return to their homes.
It is noteworthy that the Government of Accord’s special deterrent force (Al Qaeda-LIFG) have been holding hundreds of citizens for years without presenting them to the Public Prosecution.
Many of the detainees were abducted by kidnappers for ransom. Criminal gangs have been bargaining with their families to obtain substantial sums of money in exchange for their release.
A day of clashes between rival militias at Mitiga airbase and surrounding areas
The destruction of an African Airlines plane at Mitiga
Statement from Al Buraq Air:
Al-Buraq flights are being stopped until further notice due to the recent clashes in the vicinity of Maitika airport, which resulted in the injury of two Boeing 737-500 / 800 aircraft belonging to Al-Buraq Airlines. The flights will resume based on an assessment of damage to aircraft, The company also transferred the aircraft to Tripoli International Airport for preliminary detection by the technical staff of the company, in preparation for transporting them outside Libya for maintenance.
LIBYAN REVOLUTIONARY COMMITTEES MOVEMENT
Foreign-installed Puppet Government in Tripoli Declares State of Emergency
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Presidential Council of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) declared a state of emergency in the country’s capital of Tripoli on Monday over the deadly clashes at the Mitiga International Airport, according to the GNA’s statement.
Earlier in the day, the clashes between the Special Deterrence Force and a militant group based in Tajoura neighborhood erupted near the Mitiga airport in Tripoli, claiming the lives of at least 11 people and injuring over 20, according to media reports.
“We announce the state of emergency in Tripoli until the security personnel manage to end the clashes that are terrifying the residents around the Mitiga airport, ” the statement read, as quoted by the Libyan Express media outlet.
Following the incident, the flights to and from Tripoli were halted and redirected to the International Misrata airport in the city of Misrata.
Libya has been in turmoil since the 2011 NATO war against the country and the brutal assassination of revolutionary leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Militias Attack Tripoli’s Mitiga Airbase
All work at the Mitiga International Airport in Tripoli has been temporarily halted due to fighting between two rival militant groups, say local media.
According to local resource Libya’s Channel, the skirmish, starting Monday morning between two groups of militants armed with a variety of light and heavy weaponry including mortars, has led to the suspension of all domestic and international flights into and out of the airport, with flights diverted to nearby Misrata Airport, about 175 km to the east of Tripoli.
The fighting is reportedly taking place between the Special Deterrence Force, one of the most powerful militant groups in Tripoli, and a brigade of militants from Brigade 33 from Tajoura, a suburb of the city. Both groups are reportedly aligned with the UN-supported Government of National Accord.
Observers reported heavy gunfire and shelling from the vicinity of the airport beginning at about 7:30 am local time. Smoke was reported billowing from the airport. According to local media, at least 3 people, including one civilian, have been killed and six others wounded in the clashes.
A Libya’s Channel correspondent said that civilians were safely evacuated from the airport’s passenger lounge. Schools and government offices in the area have also been closed, and people told to evacuate.
Similiar skirmishes have reportedly taken place on and off over the course of several weeks. On December 13, the same groups exchanged fire on Al-Shat Road, a central thoroughfare along Tripoli’s Mediterranean coast. That skirmish was stopped thanks to mediation.
While the exact reasons for the clashes have yet to be confirmed, sources have indicated that tensions have been rising between the two groups over the detention of several persons by the Special Deterrence Force, which acts as an anti-crime and anti-terrorism unit.
The interim Government of National Accord, based in Tripoli, is one of several rival factions seeking control over the country since it was thrown into chaos following an uprising and NATO intervention in 2011. The GNA has failed to come to a settlement with its main rival, the eastern Libyan Tobruk-led House of Representatives, supported by the Libyan National Army. Late last month, LNA commander Gen. Khalifa Haftar said that the GNA has lost its legitimacy and that the Libyan Political Agreement reached in 2015 in Skhirat had expired.
With the Libyan National Army loyal to the Tobruk government, the GNA has been forced to turn to various local armed formations for support.