The Libyan army cannot be allowed to be controlled by any specific group, says High Council of State

The Libyan High Council of State (HCS), led by Khalid al-Mishri, made statements on the anniversary of the establishment of the Libyan army.

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In a statement made by the Libyan High Council of State (HCS), led by Khalid al-Mishri, it was stated that the army would not be allowed to be left under the control of any specific individual, group or tribe. In the press statement, it was emphasized that the army should serve the Libyan people and should not interfere in politics.

In the statement, it was also stated that the unification of state institutions, especially the army, should be based on national foundations. Nonetheless, it was stated that it is very important for the parties to progress according to the constitutional consensus in the roadmap determined. It was expressed that the professional army to be established should be in a structure that protects the state and should not operate against it.

The unification of the army, which has been on the agenda again with the controversial statements of warlord Khalifa Haftar, is of importance in terms of both the holding of the elections in a safe environment and the national security of the country.

In this context, the topic has also been emphasized in the roadmap specified in the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the UN-based Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF). On the other hand, the unification of the army and the integration of the militias are among the main priorities of the Government of National Unity (GNU), which took office in March 2021.

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