Libyan government criticises EU mission

The Interior Minister of the Libyan government, Fathi Bashaga, who was appointed under UN mediation, has criticised the EU's Operation Irini, which is aimed at enforcing the arms embargo against Libya. He argued in an interview that while deliveries to Tripoli are being prevented on a regular basis, weapons could continue to reach General Haftar's troops via the country's eastern borders. Commentators discuss the nature of the conflict.

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Daily Sabah (TR) /

Operation will backfire

The pro-government Daily Sabah also takes the view that Operation Irini will ultimately hurt the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA):

“When examined closely, the only visible result is the prevention of aerial and naval support to the GNA by Turkey. The EU operation will cut off the GNA's supply chain, creating problems in supplying weapons and ammunition. In other words, the de facto impact of Operation Irini will be in Haftar and his supporters' favor, since it does not attempt to prevent any support from Haftar's backers, who have been supplying weapons and ammunition across the Egyptian-Libyan border, which is under the control of Haftar.” (PL) /

A sad foretaste of tomorrow's global politics fears that international agreements in general could lose their importance:

“The example of Libya today is a foretaste of what world politics will look like in the coming decades. Changeable and quickly formed alliances will replace permanent pacts and cooperation agreements. Power and the determination to use that power will be more important than ever. Competitive conflicts will be fought not only with traditional weapons. The new weapons will be economic pressure and the enforcement of certain political measures. The world order will become much more chaotic and unpredictable.”