Statement by the LNA General Command on the Berlin Conference – Al Marsad

The General Command of the Libyan National Army (LNA) issued a statement on Wednesday evening on the Berlin Conference on Libya that plans to convene to discuss the situation in Libya, stressing that it is moving forward with its military operations to pave the way for a secure and inclusive political process built on a democratic and constitutional basis.

[Libya, 20 November 2019] – The LNA General Command said its statement clarifies several points to the international community, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), and to those involved in the preparatory meetings for the forthcoming Berlin Conference on Libya. Al Marsad translates into English the full Arabic text of the original:

THE GENERAL COMMAND OF THE LIBYAN NATIONAL ARMY

Press Release on the Berlin Conference on Libya

The General Command of the Libyan National Army (LNA), as it moves forward towards the liberation of Tripoli from terrorist groups and criminal militias, to pave the way for a secure political process built on a democratic and constitutional basis; an inclusive political process in which everyone is governed by the law and the constitution.

It is imperative that the LNA General Command elucidates certain issues to the international community, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), and the participants in the preparatory meetings for the forthcoming Berlin Conference on Libya:

First: The General Command of the Libyan National Army has already determined its position on the international efforts towards Libya through the two statements related to the ministerial meeting in New York and the preparatory meetings for the Berlin Conference on Libya, where the LNA General Command stressed that no political process can succeed unless terrorist groups are eliminated and criminal militias are dismantled and disarmed. They constitute an obstacle to the establishment of the state, the political solution, and the establishment of an authority in Tripoli with a political will based on a constitutional basis.

This was acknowledged by the Minister of the Interior of the Government of National Accord (GNA), who confirmed in recent television statements that the militias have turned into a mafia, and that they impeded the establishment of the state, which is the reason for the advance of the Libyan National Army troops to Tripoli. The statements by the GNA Minister of Interior represent a recognition of the legitimacy of the military operation led by the General Command of the Libyan National Army to dismantle the militias and restore the Libyan state, on the basis of its national and constitutional duty to restore security and impose the authority of the state, which the President of the Presidential Council and his Government of National Accord failed to achieve as acknowledged by the GNA Minister of Interior. To this end, the country and its capabilities cannot be left to a weak, de facto authority that lacks any power or political will.

Second: It is necessary for the Berlin Conference on Libya to come up with a description of terrorist groups and their supporters. Therefore, relevant Security Council resolutions must be taken into account, in particular with regard to the parties that support terrorist groups, as their identification by their names will distinguish them from the criminal militias that have no extremist ideology. Terrorist militias must be eliminated, and criminal militias dismantled and disarmed. This is the responsibility of the internationally recognized Libyan National Army and its General Command, which is fighting these groups since 2014.

It is no secret that the forces led by the President of the Presidential Council in Tripoli are nothing but a mixture of terrorist groups and armed militias who have established themselves by force of arms. Naturally, it is inconceivable that these militias will fight against, or dismantle themselves.

Third: Any political or economic track will not succeed unless it is preceded by resolving  the security and military tracks according to the bases and rules that enable the restoration of the Libyan state and its sovereign decision away from the monopoly of the terrorist groups and criminal militias that presently govern Tripoli.

In conclusion, it should be noted that the Libyan people can no longer afford to reproduce more power centres that were the main propellers behind the expansion and financing of terrorism and the strengthening of militias and enabling them to govern the country.

Long Live Free and Independent Libya 

Glory and Eternal Paradise to the Martyrs

General Command of the Libyan National Army

Issued in Benghazi on Wednesday 20th November 2019