Libyan Prime Minister calls for unification of Army

Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan Prime Minister, Fayez al-Sarraj, on Thursday called for the unification of the country's military who, despite the division and lack of equipment, stood valiantly alongside the security forces against terrorists, mercenaries, smugglers, and human traffickers.

"I commend our sons of the armed forces who have sacrificed in the war on terror," the prime minister, who is backed by the United Nations (UN),'’ said in a statement, adding that '’there is the need to unify the military establishment. A united army is the basis of a united homeland. It expresses the national unity of our people of all walks of life."

Since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi's government in 2011, Libya has been suffering insecurity and political division between two governments, which are both competing for legitimacy.

A report issued recently by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, said that the Government of National Accord, based in the capital, Tripoli, and the Libyan national Army that is led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar, "continue to operate through armed and paramilitary groups in the absence of any mechanism for proper integration or an instrument to define the chain of command".

"The ruptured security sector and lack of accountability for grave violation allow the strife between Libya’s myriad of armed groups and paramilitaries to escalate unimpeded," the report said.
-0- PANA SSB/VAO 10Aug2018

10 août 2018 12:35:52




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