France criticizes Haftar for the announcement of “I govern Libya” – Middle East Monitor


France on Wednesday condemned renegade field marshal Khalifa Haftar’s announcement that he is “the only leader” in Libya.

Deputy Foreign Ministry spokesman in Paris, Olivier Gauvin, said that the conflict between Haftar, which controls large areas in eastern and western Libya, and the national accord government ( GNA) supported by the Tripoli-based UN should be resolved through dialogue.

“The solution to the Libyan conflict can only go through dialogue between the parties under the aegis of the United Nations, and not through unilateral decisions,” insisted Gauvin. “There is no alternative to an inclusive political solution, within the framework of the conclusions of the Berlin conference.” Paris, he added, is firmly behind Libya’s unity and stability.

Haftar claims the legitimacy of a parliament based in the eastern city of Tobruk which was elected in 2014. However, the parliament has faced legal problems and has been ordered by the Supreme Court to dissolve. Haftar said on Monday that he had received a “mandate” to rule the country and that he was therefore setting Parliament aside.

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The GNA accused Haftar on Tuesday of seeking to organize a new coup with its decision which has been condemned by the United States and even its own ally, Russia. “Changes in the political system in Libya,” said the US Embassy in Tripoli, “cannot be imposed during a unilateral decision.”

Meanwhile, Washington, like Moscow, has welcomed any possibility of involving Haftar and the other parties in an in-depth dialogue on how to end the ongoing crisis in the country.


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