Skip to comments.What's behind Haftar's refusal to sign Libya deal?
Posted on 01/16/2020 8:21:52 PM PST by Zhang Fei
Military strongman Khalifa Haftar's reluctance to sign up to a Turkish-Russian orchestrated ceasefire accord underlines the complexity of Libya's conflict and pressures exerted by key foreign players, analysts say.
He left Moscow on Tuesday without signing a permanent truce aimed at ending nine months of fighting against the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez al-Sarraj.
His abrupt departure was a setback for an international diplomatic push, after Sarraj had signed up to halting Haftar's offensive to seize Tripoli from the GNA.
For Emad Badi of the Washington-based Middle East Institute, there are two plausible explanations for Haftar walking away.
"Either he didn't sign because he personally decided not regardless of the consequences, or... one of his backers guaranteed him support even if he did not sign".
Abdelqader el-Rehebi, a Libyan political analyst, said the motivation for Haftar to hold off on signing a definitive ceasefire deal was clear.
"Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Cairo and Paris, the direct or indirect supporters of his military campaign... were not agreed" on the deal. "This makes his refusal logical."
Rehebi said Haftar's foreign backers had pressed him to keep up the Tripoli offensive "and, in return, (they pledged) to keep up their political and military support".
Egypt, for example, a regional rival of Turkey which opposes Ankara's support for the GNA, "rejects any consensus or reconciliation between the two camps that would permit a Turkish presence on the Libyan scene", Rehebi said.
Peter Millett, a former British ambassador to Libya, tweeted that Haftar's stand was a signal that the general and his backers "still think he can win militarily".
- 'Very expensive price' -
But Mohamed Eljarh, another Libyan analyst, tweeted that Haftar had come under "enormous pressure" to sign.
"Once again, Haftar proves he is not bound by the wishes
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0bama, Hillary, Cameron and Sarkosy should all be tried in the Hague for this.
The bipartisan decapitation of Libya’s government by The Kenyaneisan Usurper and Hillary with bipartisan support from McCain, Graham and Rubio has turned out to be as big a disaster as Iraq and Syria by the same bunch that caused that mess.
Egypt, for example, a regional rival of Turkey which opposes Ankara’s support for the GNA, “rejects any consensus or reconciliation between the two camps that would permit a Turkish presence on the Libyan scene”, Rehebi said.
Egypt has good historical reasons for knowing that Turkeys presence in the region would not be benign.
Gen. Haftar is not in favor of a Muslim Brotherhood Sharia state approved by the UN, Turkey, et al. as the Tripolitan govt represents. Gen. Haftar is a US citizen, lived in the US 20 years, and is no supporter of the Arab Spring past initiatives in the ME, all involving the Muslim Brotherhood and with special support from US political and governmental allies.
Who even knows that the Muslim Brotherhood’s new political party was even formed in March of 2014 in Chicago, and that it is dedicated to sponsoring the appontment of Muslim Brotherhood related officialis from local school boards, city boards, county officials, state and national officials?
Link to the formation of hte USCMO, the US COuncil of Muslim Orgs., with CAIR at its very core:
The Dem “Squad” of socialist A. O-Cortez, Tlaib, Omar, Pressley, Jaypal represents the spearpoint of the Muslim Brotherhood/Socialist alliance in league with B. Sanders, socialist.
The Squed seems to represent a current coup within the Dem Party against the “old guard socialists” and at the same time especially supportive of the impeachment of DJT and the deligitimization of the election of 2016, a coup in and of itself.
The mainstream media and analysts of the Dem Party all fail to note the existence of the USCMO political party, currently the fastest growing and influential party in the US. The non-recognition of this political party would by recognized by a Tom Clancy as “a clear and present danger” in plain sight for any who want to look.
Erdogan wasn’t just talking when he said Turkish troops will be landing in Libya.
Greece might have a word or two concerning that!
The whole intent of all of the Arab Springs is the annihilation of their national sovereignty and ours as we receive their anti-Americans through refugee resettlement programs which, by the way, are funded directly from the U.S. Treasury with zero taxpayer representation.
obama and clinton policies really screwed up the mideast.
Yep, Turkey needs to stay out of Africa and Arabia. The is no Catherine the Great left to cut them back to size. There is more and more Ottoman rhetoric on part of Erdogan lately.
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