Buhari expresses concern over Libyan crisis

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed concern over the lack of tangible progress and the worsening security and humanitarian situation in Libya.

Buhari raised this concern at the African Union Peace and Security Council Summit on Situations in Libya and the Sahel in Addis Ababa at the weekend.

A statement from the Nigerian Embassy in Addis Ababa, emailed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja said yesterday that the President was represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeoma

Buhari said in spite of the best intentions and determined efforts of the council and the African Union, the devastating impact of the conflict on the Libyan people, neighbours, the Sahel and the Lake Chad regions remains alarming.

“Nigeria joins in the urgent call for a new and fresh approach that truly reflects the paramount interests of the Libyan people, the region and the continent in general.

“We condemn strongly all forms and manifestations of external interference in Libya, including the evident presence of mercenaries and call for strict implementation of the arms embargo.

“It is more worrisome that the international community is divided across as some external powers, continue to interfere and provide military support to different armed groups and militias.

The President said the interference must stop!, noting that there can be no military solution in Libya.

He reiterated that it has become imperative for all actors to respect the country’s hard-won sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Buhari also explained that the report by the commission’s chairperson provides ample details of the prevailing security situation in Libya and its implication for the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin, especially the dangers posed by illicit proliferation of small arms and lights weapons.

“We should also bear in mind the horrific situation of many African migrants caught up in the crisis.

“We are witnesses to the recently agreed ceasefire after the outbreak of hostilities due to renewed attacks by the so-called Libyan National Army to forcefully takeover Tripoli, “ the President stated.

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He, however, noted that the threat had persisted and made worse by the lack of a truly national, professional security forces that could defend the internationally-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA).

He said the resultant heavy dependence of the government on armed groups and external military assistance for its own security was not sustainable nor in the interest of Libya and regional cohesion.

The President Buhari said the international community must all work to facilitate Libyan national dialogue, negotiated peace settlement and national reconciliation.

He also expressed dismay on the reluctance of the UN Security Council to approve the appointment of a joint AU-UN Envoy on Libya.

“For emphasis, Nigeria reaffirms that the AU must play a constructive role in this process in line with the Decision of our 32nd AU Assembly. “

Source: NAN News

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