The incident is closed. François Hollande received, Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the Elysee Palace, the head of government of “national unity” Libyan faiez Sarraj, in which he expressed the “considerable support” of France in its efforts for national reconciliation. Two months earlier, on 25 July, the same faiez Sarraj had “summoned” the ambassador of France in Libya (actually relocated to Tunis), Antoine Sivan, for him do part of “official protest Libya” about the “unacceptable interference ” that was “military presence [française] in the east “ country. The explanation took place in Nouakchott, Mauritania on the sidelines of the summit of Arab League .
In Libya, the ongoing battle oil
The “interference” French who had aroused the wrath of Mr. Sarraj involved the presence in Benghazi (east) from members of the Action Service of the Directorate General for External Security (DGSE) to alongside the forces of General Khalifa Haftar the name of the fight against the organization of Islamic State (EI). Chief title of Army Libyan National (ANL), whose authority is exercised mainly in Cyrenaica (east), General Haftar is the main obstacle to legalizing power Mr. Sarraj, based in Tripoli (west) since March and produced an agreement policy concluded in late December 2015 Skhirat, Morocco under UN auspices. On 22 August, the Parliament sitting in Tobruk (east), where supporters of the general weigh heavily, refused to grant his inauguration to the government of Mr. Sarraj, asking him review composition. Highly contested even in Libya, including Tripoli of militias have initially supported Mr. Sarraj derives most of its recognition of an international community failing to provide its support.
A Paris the leader of the Libyan government of “national unity” was met, besides Francois Hollande Jean-Marc Ayrault, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Jean- Yves Le Drian, Minister of defense . Speaking after their meeting half an hour, the French Head of State recalled that the situation in Libya “fraught with great dangers” and “the interest of the international community is to have a stable and secure Libya.” M. Sarraj “will take initiatives” said Mr. Holland, adding : “We trust him so he can expand his government and integrate all stakeholders and I hope that confidence also will be made by Parliament. “
“France will fully contest the government of national unity” in its fight against terrorism and “we will cooperate as much as necessary” assured the head of the French state. Meanwhile, faiez Sarraj welcomed “the central role of France since the revolution” Libyan. He said the fight against terrorism was a central theme of the meeting and the two leaders agreed to “continue cooperation security and military.” For four and a half months, a coalition of brigades and militias of Tripoli – in fact mostly from Misrata – having pledged allegiance to Mr. Sarraj leads the offensive against Sirte stronghold of IE, cornered on a final four.
The recent conquest of the “oil Crescent” located east of Sirte, by the forces of Mr. Haftar, which ousted a pro-Sarraj are militia, however, proved that the challenge of the general government Mr. Sarraj was extremely serious. The challenge is clearly the control of oil resources, fear of the international community is that General Haftar deprives the government of “national unity” of vital income. These resources “must be state-controlled [libyen] so that these revenue benefit all of population “warned the head of the French state.
While sharpens the rivalry between Tripolitania (west) and Cyrenaica (east), the Diplomacy French does not hide his concern about the risk of a “syrianisation” of Libya. “We can not give Libya the example of Syria ” said Mr. Holland condemning “a massacre” being in the Syrian city of Aleppo. In Paris, however we want remain optimistic about the breakthrough of the forces of General Haftar Crescent in the oil, saying it seeks above all to assume a guarantee for the purpose of political negotiations rather than ‘to launch in total war.