Militias from Tripoli, Western and Mountain Regions: Formation of New Government Will Obstruct Elections – Al Marsad

A number of militias from Tripoli, and the Western and Mountain regions that support Operation Volcano of Anger issued a statement regarding the recent political developments in Libya. It accused UNSMIL of being responsible for the five-year chaos and for selecting non-consensual personalities to resolve the crisis.

(LIBYA, 1 February 2021) – The statement obtained by AlMarsad, indicated that after a meeting of municipalities, members of the House of Representatives (HoR) and the Advisory State Council in Kabaw, it was agreed to unify all militias in the western region, resolve all previous disputes and open all roads between the cities.

The statement added that the agreement ensures the continued fight against terrorism, crime, smuggling, illegal immigration and the return of all displaced persons to their homes in the western region.

The statement attacked the so called “snake hunting” operation launched by Fathi Bashagha’s Ministry of Interior of the Government of National Accord (GNA) of the Presidential Council.

It also rejected what it called the “phantom” operation, which is contrary to sovereignty, and which was launched for political interests against armed groups classified as outlaw groups, in the same category as human traffickers, fuel smugglers and drug traffickers. It called on the GNA’s Presidential Council to integrate all fighters and revolutionaries who are part of Volcano of Anger with military and security institutions, according to the the regulations of the specific institutions.

With regards to political developments, the statement indicated that the current Libyan conflicts are the results of the outputs of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). It criticised UNSMIL for not choosing consensual personalities to resolve the crisis. They demanded a clear and transparent roadmap and the support of the UN Security Council for the election project, while rejecting any non-consensual figures in the next interim phase.

Although the statement held the UN responsible for the five-year chaos, it called the President of the Presidential Council of the GNA, Fayez al-Sarraj, to communicate with all members of the Presidential Council and form a consensual national unity government until the elections are held as per schedule, with no acceptance of any new government that emanates from the LPDF because, said the statement, it was likely to obstruct the December elections.