LNA rejects GNA’s proposal for military coordination

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

BENGHAZI – The Libyan National Army (LNA) rejected a proposal by the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) to establish military and security coordination between them to combat terrorism.

LNA spokesman, Ahmed al-Mismari, told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that disputes with GNA still stand due to Fayez Al-Sarraj’s insistence on considering himself high commander of the Libyan army.

Al-Mismari stated that Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, LNA’s General Commander, refuses to be affiliated to an illegitimate government.

GNA was formed under the terms of the Libyan Political Agreement, a United Nations-led initiative, signed on 17 December 2015. However, the House of Representatives withdrew its recognition of GNA by voting against it in the summer of 2016.

Al-Mismari said that uniting the military institution in Libya according to Egyptian-sponsored negotiations will fail because of the lack of disciplined military forces that adhere to Tripoli. The capital is instead controlled by militias, he noted.

Moreover, he stressed that the LNA will continue its mission to liberate the remaining cities of the South from the clutches of terrorist groups and Chadian gangs.

LNA is seeking to secure Libya’s borders with neighboring countries of Niger, Algeria and Chad, he stated.

GNA had made an indirect proposal for military and security coordination with LNA during its commemoration of the eighth anniversary of the 2011 uprising.