Mishri: “Mercenaries of the Other Side” Are the Main Obstacle to Reopening of Coastal Road – Al Marsad

Chairman of the High Council of State, Khaled al-Mishri, who is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Justice and Construction Party, received at his residence in Tripoli on Friday, the UN Special Envoy Ján Kubiš.

(Libya, 1 May 2021) – The UN Special Envoy Ján Kubiš discussed with Khaled al-Mishri the results of his domestic and foreign visits and contacts on the Libyan file.

UNSTABLE BORDERS

He also discussed with Mishri the informal session of the UN Security Council and the concerns about the repercussions of the volatile situation in neighboring countries such as Niger on the security in Libya, and the increasing activities of armed groups in the southern border.

The two sides also spoke on the necessity of maintaining the ceasefire and reopening the coastal road to alleviate the suffering of the citizens.

MISHRI AVOIDS SYRIAN MERCENARIES AND TURKISH FORCES

Al-Mishri said the presence of what he described as “mercenaries of the other side” was the main reason for the delay in the opening of the coastal road. He, failed, however, to refer to more than 10,000 mercenaries brought by Turkey from Syria to Libya and who are distributed between Mitiga International Airport and Tajoura and the camps west of Tripoli, and also at Al-Watiya Air Base, Khoms Port, Misrata Port, and Airport—as well as hundreds of Turkish military personnel at the same locations.

Al-Mishri said it was important to remove all mercenaries, or what he described as “outlaw forces”, before any talk of military agreements could take place. He was referring to the need to exclude linking the issue of the removal of mercenaries with the Sarraj-Erdogan military and maritime agreements—which in fact provided the pretext for Turkey to bring Syrian mercenaries to begin with.

MISHRI WANTS REFERENDUM ON THE CONSTITUTION BEFORE ELECTIONS

Al-Mishri claimed that “Haftar’s militia” (the Libyan National Army) had prevented the interim Government of National Unity (GNU) from meeting in Benghazi, which showed Dbaiba’s inability to impose the government’s hegemony and sovereignty over the country. He said that “Haftar” (Commander-in-Chief of the LNA) was not subject to any authority and that this threatened the possibility of holding free and fair elections.

He also argued that the solution to the Libyan crisis would be through the elections preceded by the referendum on the constitution. He said that such a referendum was possible during the coming period, and he urged the chairperson and members of the commission to avoid talking about politics as they are supposed to be neutral parties.

The discussion between Kubiš and al-Mishri also touched on the issue of unifying the sovereign positions, and that the State Council was in contact with the House of Representatives (HoR) to reach a common ground on the matter.

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