Spokesman of GNA’s militia alliance says Al-Sarraj’s initiative has nothing to do with military operation on the ground

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The political initiative unveiled today by Head of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, has nothing to do with military operation on the ground, said the spokesman of GNA’s militia alliance known as Burkan Al-Ghathab (Anger Volcano).

Al-Sarraj unveiled on Sunday a seven-point initiative “to resolve the Libyan crisis” during a speech in which he discussed the developments in the country considering what he called “the attack on Tripoli.”

The initiative includes “holding a Libyan national conference, in coordination with the UN mission in Libya, that gathers all the national powers and the people’s representatives from all parts of country,” he said.

According to Al-Sarraj, a road map for the upcoming stage and the establishment of a constitutional base to hold the elections will be agreed upon during the conference.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) quickly welcomed the initiative, saying it  will offer “its good offices to assist the country to emerge from its long state of transition towards a period of peace, stability and prosperity.”

The Libyan National Army (LNA) has not responded yet to Al-Sarraj’s initiative which seems to face opposition from the Tripoli-based premier’s own divided camp.

Hours after the announcement, Al-Sarraj’s militant allies undermined their leader’s initiative and said they will continue fighting on the ground.

Mostafa Al-Majai, the spokesman of Burkan Al-Ghathab, told Russian news agency Sputnik that they “have instructions to continue fighting and push the forces attacking the capital to where they came from”.

Militias in Tripoli have joined forces with GNA in order to push back against LNA which launched a military operation last April to eradicate these militias.

However, this fragile alliance is under threat of a breakdown due to inner fighting between the militias which have long had recurring clashes between each other since 2011 as they fight over weapons, money and territorial dominance.


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