The U.N. envoy to Libya stated this week that it's time for the newly formed unity government to work after the arrival of its chief in the Tripoli capital. Martin Kobler told reporters in Cairo on Thursday that "it’s one thing to have an agreement with words and another thing is to implement the agreement."
The Government of National Accord (GNA) has this week continued to establish itself taken control of seven ministries in Tripoli including the foreign ministry, as it pushes to extend its control over the capital. Mohamed al-Ammari, a member of the new government's leadership, or Presidential Council, said the transfer of power was "going well". The other ministries that have been handed over were housing and public utilities, transport, social affairs, local government, youth and sports and Islamic affairs. The planning, labour, and education ministries would be handed over in the next few days.
Yet the unity government is still awaiting a crucial vote of confidence by the country's eastern-based, internationally recognised parliament.
President Obama has been touring Europe in which he held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande. Merkel gave a brief statement after the talks, saying that the five nations would "do everything to work together" to support the new government but adding that the leaders had not discussed a potential deployment by the NATO military alliance.
This slightly contradicts the Italian defence minister Roberta Pinotti who said NATO is three months from launching a naval mission off Libya under a controversial plan to close the Western Mediterranean migrant route to Europe and begin mass repatriations, The Libya mission is set to be approved by alliance leaders at a Warsaw summit on 7 July.
On return last week of UK’s Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, acknowledged the severity of the threat on Europe's doorstep as a new government in Tripoli battles to exert some control said nothing should be ruled out, adding Royal Air Force or Royal Navy assets could also be deployed alongside the Army.
The capital has continued to remain extremely quiet since the arrival of the GNA, with only minor incidents and a release of hostages which reflects more criminality then political. This mirrors the West of the country with no report of disturbances.
Europe’s migration problem continues from the as the United Nations refugee agency said that as many as 500 people may have lost their lives this past week when an overcrowded boat carrying refugees and migrants sank in the Mediterranean Sea at an unknown location between Libya and Italy. The boat had departed Tobruk.
In the east of the country Islamic State fighters retreated from long-held positions around the port city of Derna on Wednesday, as troops loyal to the government in the region pressed on with an offensive in Benghazi.
Eastern military forces have reported heavy fighting to the west in Benghazi, where they have taken several neighbourhoods from fighters loyal to Islamic State and other groups. Clashes continued there on Wednesday, and the military said it had nearly full control of the southern district of Guwarsha.
On Thursday air strikes carried out overnight against Islamist fighters in Derna produced success after Islamic State militants retreated from positions close to the city as General Khalifa Haftar, the head of the armed forces, has ordered continued cleansing operations in the area.
Clearance and holding operations are taking place however, this is a slow process with casualties’ being inflicted by mines and booby traps.
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