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‘Dialogue not arms’ deters ISIS in Libya

MEMO | March 11, 2015

The prime minister of the provisional government set up by the Libya Dawn coalition in Tripoli has said that the ISIS presence in Libya is extremely limited and can be confronted by “dialogue and not arms”.

In an interview with Anadolu news agency in Tripoli, Omar Al-Hassi said that there is a small group of “Islamic State” militants in Libya, one in Darna and the other in the Sirte area. “The Libyan people will never accept extremism or foreign military intervention, because they consider these issues as internal affairs that can be resolved and treated with dialogue,” he insisted.

Pointing out that examples of extremism have existed throughout Islamic history and that such issues must be addressed wisely, he warned against the use of arms. “This could have deadly results and increase tension and calls for revenge.”

The Libyans, said Hassi, need development and peace and want stability and to solve their problems with negotiations. He urged the international community to stop the “genocidal war” waged by renegade General Khalifa Haftar, the army chief of the Tobruk-based rival government.

According to the prime minister, Haftar is waging a war of extermination in the major cities, bombing the most important airports and attacking service institutions, universities and oil wells. “The world,” he insisted, “must unite to stop these attacks that cause us pain.” He called specifically on Turkey to play a role in this and condemned the recent bombing of Ameitikh airport in Tripoli on Monday. “The airport,” he explained, “is used to transport the wounded and receive medical supplies.”

March 11, 2015 - Posted by | Militarism | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Here is a leader who is prepared to confront violence with peace. At the same time, you cannot leave yourself naked for annihilation from those who do not desire peace. A step in the right direction. Violence is the easy road to death and destruction, peace is the hard road to tranquility and prosperity. Many years ago, I wrote on this blog that there was a force for violence moving through the Middle East and if the leaders chose violence to confront violence, they would be playing into the hands of their enemies. Needless to say, the easy route was taken and opened the floodgates for violent extremists from Europe and beyond.

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    Comment by ribeekah | March 11, 2015 | Reply


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