Dabbashi: Ali Kanna wanted to grant Libyan nationality to Malian Tuaregs in 2011

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

BENGHAZI – Former Libyan Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ibrahim Dabbashi, published on Thursday Gaddafi-era documents which reveal that Ali Kanna ordered the Arabization of non-Libyan Tuaregs in 2011 on behalf of the Gaddafi regime.

Dabbashi stated via his official Facebook page that the General People’s Committee issued a decree in 2009 granting the Libyan nationality to 1722 Malian Tuareg fighters and 83 officers of Kanna’s Commandos Battalion.

Dabbashi also revealed that following the Libyan uprising, Kanna wrote to the Secretary of the Civil Registry Office in July 2011 requesting that he finish the procedures to register the 83 Malian Tuareg officers as Libyan Arabs.

According to Dabbashi, officials at the Civil Registry Office declined Kanna’s request at the time. They feared that such request could destabilize Libya and endanger the demographic nature of its southern region.

Those Malian Tuaregs and other Libyan Tuaregs make up the force which Kanna is currently using to attack the Libyan National Army (LNA).

“The question remains whether the free Libyan Tuaregs will follow the personal ambitions of Mr. Kanna and Mr. Al-Sarraj, or will they side with the country at a pivotal stage in its history? I do not think our Tuareg brothers can disappoint their Libyan brothers.” Dabbashi concluded.

Kanna was former commander of the Commandos Battalion during the reign of late dictator Muammar Gaddafi and has strong ties to Qatar.

Head of Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, officially announced on Wednesday that Kanna was appointed as its military commander in Sabha.


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