The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Interim Government Al-Hweij: “We will not agree to a ceasefire until the militias surrender their weapons to the Army” – Al Marsad

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Interim Government, Abdulhadi al-Hweij, said that the Libyan National Army (LNA) will not agree to a ceasefire until the militias and the armed factions surrender their weapons as well as the locations and military bases that they are currently occupying in Tripoli.

[Libya, 21 June 2019] –  Hweij stated to Alitihad newspaper yesterday Thursday that the Tripoli Liberation Operation comes in accordance with the decisions of the internationally-recognized Parliament which ordered all non-governmental factions to dissolve. This also comes as a response to the security agreements attached to the Skhirat Agreement which Fayez Sarraj failed to achieve since he is under the control of militias led by UN-sanctioned terrorists and criminals.

Hweij insisted the fact that the Interim Government is under no external pressure other than the Libyan people’s who suffer from the presence of armed groups and militias—the reason behind the instability in Libya. He pointed to the fact that it is only natural that dialogue and political negotiations go hand in hand with the work of the Libyan National Army (LNA) since the European Union, the United States, Russia and other neighbouring countries have also expressed their concerns about security situation in Libya.

Hweij highlighted the fact that the war in Tripoli is one against terrorism, to purge the capital from terrorist gangs, and shed light on human rights violations and war crimes committed by wanted criminals and terrorists.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Al-Hweij, stated that were it not for the continuous Turkish and Qatari support for these militias, who in turn support the government of Fayez Sarraj, and the fact that these militiamen reside and operate among civilians and civilian areas, and that they regularly arrest all who expressed their support for the LNA—the liberation of Tripoli would not have taken this long. “The Libyan Army refuses to shed Libyan blood and still stands by the promise to grant amnesty to those who respond to our clear terms to evacuate the capital and handover their weapons,” he said.

Hweij also said that the Army is a guardian of the political process, and that the aim of liberating Tripoli is the retrieval of the authority of the state, resorting to the constitution and the ballot box, and allowing the Libyan people the right to choose their own representatives in a free and democratic manner under national and international judicial supervision.

© Al Marsad English. 2019.