The internationally recognized Libyan Government of National Accord has begun an international movement to internationalize the issue of the UAE’s ruling regime’s interference in the country and its subversive role with the support of warlord militias Khalifa Haftar.
This movement was highlighted in the speech of the President of the Presidential Council of the Libyan government Fayez Al-Sarraj in his address to the General Assembly of the United Nations by naming the UAE, Egypt and France as the countries supporting Haftar, and denouncing their position.
Al-Sarraj condemned the UAE’s stances in support of Haftar’s war on the capital Tripoli several months ago, while seeking to criminalize Haftar internationally as an important step to exclude him from the next scene.
Government committees in Libya have been working for a long time to deliver evidence to the ICC through its recognized representative to the ICC to “prove Haftar’s crimes” and its supporters, particularly the UAE.
A Libyan government official said that Al-Sarraj’s emphasis on the need to send a fact-finding mission comes in this context to verify the credibility of the evidence sent in succession, pointing out that the trend is going well.
Observers believe that Al-Sarraj’s new move towards naming the countries that support Haftar is good and in the right direction and will have an impact in the upcoming meetings in New York or Berlin, as well as the positions of major countries such as the United States, where there are Emirati lobbies in particular, pressing in favor of Haftar.
Observers are likely to see changing international attitudes about Haftar give more room to bring the UAE ally to the ICC, especially as international actors will at least point to a move to gather evidence. They will not be able to ignore the growing demands of the Wefaq government for Haftar’s crimes.
Haftar’s war on Tripoli constituted a grave and complex complication of the crisis, and it is not easy to find a political form of the solution after turning it on the previous track.
Al-Sarraj condemned the direct support of the United Arab Emirates and Egypt for what he called a war criminal and rebel Major General Khalifa Haftar as part of conspiracies to spread chaos and sabotage in the country.
In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Al-Sarraj called on the ICC prosecutor to investigate what is happening in his country and called for Haftar to be on the international sanctions list and hold his supporters accountable.
Al-Sarraj expressed regret that “Libya is going through a serious crisis due to negative foreign intervention,” criticizing the roles of the UAE, which “allowed itself to be a media platform for militias” and “Egypt, which wants to give lessons to Libya,” pointing to the finding of “French missiles”. In an area extracted by his forces from the forces of Haftar.
Al-Sarraj said government forces fought the Islamic State and drove them, out of Sirte. He said that “what encouraged the war criminal [Haftar] is that he has the support of foreign countries,” but stressed “we will defeat him no matter who supports him,” stressing his rejection of any dialogue with Haftar.
A few days ago, Libya’s Supreme Council of State renewed its accusation against Haftar’s forces of using mercenaries and foreign aviation. He said he had “confirmed” information that Haftar’s recent offensive was backed by mercenaries and backed by foreign aviation.
Colonel Fawzi Bouharara, commander of Haftar’s forces, had admitted in late August that UAE drones had been involved in attacks on the city of Gharyan, south of Tripoli.
The UAE continues to support Haftar politically as well as with money and military equipment in order to serve its plots targeting Libya.