=The Address| Benghazi – Libya
CAIRO – Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aguila Saleh, said on Thursday there could be no peace talks until the Libyan National Army (LNA) had captured the city.
“The campaign to liberate Tripoli is not easy,” Saleh told Reuters, “More than two million Libyans are living in the capital and these armed groups are using people and buildings as shields”.
“The army could have carried out a powerful operation and used all kinds of weapons but these are Libyans and we will save any drop of blood, no matter what.”
He rejected any proposals for the LNA to withdraw or agree to a ceasefire. “The (military) operation must be resolved. The political solution should in any case come even after the liberation of the Libyan capital,” said Saleh.
“If someone could get these groups out peacefully, then the army would return to the barracks,” he added, referring to the Tripoli armed groups.