The Address | Benghazi – Libya
CAIRO – The Speaker of the Egyptian Parliament said that there is a planned target, which has become clear to almost everyone now, to divide Libya into cantons led by armed militias serving foreign interests.
Radical armed militias have devastated Libya, which has had strong ties with Egypt for centuries. In most cases, Abdel-Aal said, these groups fight for their own interests, be they financial or political, Ali Abdel-Aal, the speaker of the Parliament, told Al-Ahram daily newspaper.
Two memorandums of understanding have been signed by Turkey and the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord’s Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj, illegally designating maritime zones of influence for the Turks, who will in turn enhance their military presence in Libya.
Thousands of armed militiamen have been shipped from Syria to Libya via Turkey, bringing about the same destruction and fears and heightening the differences between Libyans, as well as creating a firewall on the western border of Egypt. When national security is threatened, then the leadership should look deeper into the evolving crisis before the flames reach Egypt’s doorstep.
“Egypt has always sided with the Libyans’ aspiration to maintain the unity of their lands. We believe that a fair and solid settlement of the Libyan issue will not be viable but through Libyans themselves,” he said.
President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi announced the Cairo Declaration in June, which aims to settle the Libyan conflict.
The initiative, according to Abdel-Aal, supported a ceasefire, starting on June 8, that obligated foreign powers in Libya to withdraw and dismantle the armed militias.
“Our country has enough means to deter and enforce its will when decided. Soft and hard powers are envisaged and exchanged when necessary to help Libyans reject the Turkish interference in their internal affairs. Turkey’s primary target is to divide and lead Libya, and to blur the people’s identity to levy its tight grip over the country’s resources. Therefore, the parliament in Egypt has called upon Libyans to unify their ranks, and to do away with the political and armed conflict,” he said.
The international community should also face their responsibilities and confront Turkey’s interference, which has escalated tensions regionally and has negative repercussions for efforts to reach a political settlement in Libya, he argued.
In an unprecedented step, Egypt’s parliament has unanimously approved sending troops outside the country’s borders to support national security. The voting echoed two major issues, Abdel-Aal said.
“The first issue is related to the size of anger Egyptians felt due to the Turks’ presence in Libya, while the second should be seen within the framework of the Egyptians’ full and unlimited trust of their armed forces and its political leadership.”
The second national security issue which Abdel-Aal highlighted is the expected shortage of water because of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.