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Ending Factional Division is First Step in Isis Libyan Defeat Says Al-Sarraj Spokesperson

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7Dnews London - Abelsattar Ibrahim

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 23:59 GMT

In a statement to 7Dnews, Mohamed Al-Salak, spokesperson for Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord, said that eliminating Isis in Libya requires the unified efforts of all Libyan factions to confront terrorism.

Libya has been plagued by extremist groups ever since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011. Two governments are competing to rule the country, the Western-backed government based in Tripoli, led by Al-Sarraj, and the interim government, headed by Abdullah Al-Thani and backed by the Libyan House of Representatives. The lack of a unified government has divided vital institutions in the country, such as the army, the police, and economic bodies. 

Isis has targeted vital sites across the nation, including three bloody attacks which took place in 2018 on the Foreign Ministry building in Tripoli, the Libyan Oil Corporation, and the Electoral Commission. There are also predictions that dormant terrorist cells exist in the capital. "This terrorist organisation is a threat not only to Libya but to the entire world and we have seen how it hits the most stable countries." Salak told 7D News, calling on Libyan factions to unify their efforts and renounce their disputes so that they can confront ISIS and root out its malignant roots in Libya. 

Negotiations brokered by Egypt to unify the military during the past two years have failed because of the conflict over the presidency. “The Head of the Government of National Accord supports the ongoing negotiations to unify Libyan military institutions,” Salak said, praising the role Cairo plays in this issue but putting giving no time limit on the completion of negotiations. "Until the negotiations end the military leadership must be under civilian authority, which is accepted in most countries of the world," he stressed, noting that negotiations have made tangible progress and reached consensus on the most critical points. 

The army is not the only institution suffering from division. The Ministry of the Interior is also involved In the latest attempt at coordination, a delegation from the Ministry of the Interior of the Government of National Accord in Tripoli meeting their counterparts from the interim government in eastern Libya in Benghazi. When asked his opinion, Salak simply said "We welcome such efforts.” "Al-Sarraj has repeatedly called for an end to the political and institutional division, unifying the institutions and keeping them away from political disputes, especially ones concerning sovereignty,” he added, stressing the importance of these efforts in leading to the healing of security institutions, which will affect the stability of the country, saving lives and conserving resources.   

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