Bashagha: Haftar is No Longer a Party to the Libyan Equation – Al Marsad

The Interior Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fathi Bashagha met with a group of local “activists, bloggers and media personalities” on Tuesday. He also recently met with Libya experts through a zoom session organised by the Atlantic Council and signing an MOU with the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance, with more unfulfilled promises of security sector reforms and democracy.

(Libya, 17 December 2020) — According the GNA’s Interior Ministry’s media office, Fathi Bashagha said the GNA is a “regular security institution that puts loyalty to God and then the homeland above all” and renounces fanaticism and division among citizens. His remarks came during a meeting with a group of “activists, bloggers and media personalities” this week.

ATTACK ON HAFTAR

The GNA’s mission is to impose security and regain the prestige of the state, said Bashagha, adding that the nation must be united, away from tribal or regional affiliations, and build state institutions and remove all obstacles that prevent the nation’s rebuilding.

Bashagha used the opportunity to attack Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar: “Haftar’s project in Libya ended after he committed his crimes, the latest of which was the attack on Tripoli. He was exposed to the whole world, and was no longer a party to any equation in the Libyan state,” and alleging that Haftar was seemingly “abandoned by a number of countries that used to support him.”

Touching on measures to rein in militias, he said that the Interior Ministry has formed a committee to integrate the rebel forces into the security apparatus.

“The militias will undergo training programmes through plans developed by the ministry to build a strong security institution,” the minister said, noting that a number of groups have expressed their readiness to join the state institutions, whether the police forces or the military.

Bashagha exuded optimism that the state would be built “with the arms of its people”, especially after weathering prolonged hardships and crises.

The Interior Ministry seeks to enhance the efficiency of its employees through training programmes in all areas of security, he added.

Furthermore, there are plans to develop the work of the ministry through integrating modern technologies in par with the development in most countries in the security field, he pointed out.

Bashaga said that agreements have been reached with major international companies specialised in modern technical systems, which help in establishing a strong security base, whether for passport services or to prevent electoral fraud, in reference to GNA’s deals with French companies.

Bashagha affirmed that no one is above the law, and those who committed crimes against the citizens will be held accountable.

“The hand of justice will reach all criminals and the corrupt to uphold the law and support the oppressed,” he said.

Bashagha’s rhetoric on security sector reform continues to pander clichés both to the international community and to the local public. Islamist terrorists and criminal networks still proliferate among the militias who continue to cause a security headache in the capital. Bashagha still has not cut his ties to UN-sanctioned criminals such as Salah Badi and others who dominate with their forces in the capital and elsewhere in GNA-held territory.

Furthermore, Bashagha, besides being one of the key architects of the Fajr Libya Operation in 2014 that invaded Tripoli and destroyed the democratic path of the country, is also one of the key people who brought over 18,000 Syrian mercenaries with terrorist links through the help and assistance of Turkey, with whom he still has a close collaboration.

INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH: ATLANTIC COUNCIL & DCAF

After having his hopes dashed of being appointed Prime Minister of the proposed new Interim Government by UNSMIL’s LPDF, which finds itself mired in conflict, Bashagha continues his international outreach with once more promises heralding changes to the security sector and democracy, both on which he has fallen very short.

This week, the GNA Interior Minister was the keynote speak on a webinar organised by the Atlantic Council where, according to his twitter page, they “talked about the accomplishments that we did in fixing security sector.”

The zoom session included key pro-GNA figures such as Deborah Jones, Jonathan Winer, Jeffrey Feltman, Emadeddin Badi, Hafed Alghwell, and Tarek Megerisi, among others.

This was followed by another zoom meeting with DCAF-Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance with whom he signed an MOU for “expertise & comparative experience enabling us of doing extensive reforms to ensure good governance of security sector based on democratic principles.”

This meeting too was attended by Emadeddin Badi, who recently published a GNA-aligned paper on security sector reform for DCAF-Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance.

© AlMarsad English (2020)