The head of the Government of Libya’s National Accord Government (PNS), ruling from Tripoli, Fayez Sarraj called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to urgently send a team of specialists to Libya to investigate the actions of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar, Sarraj said in a letter to the court.
The text of the letter was made public at a press conference broadcast by the Libyan television channel Libya al-Ahrar, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the PNS, Mohammed al-Kablavi.
“I urge the International Criminal Court to urgently send a group to Libya to investigate crimes committed by Haftar’s militants, all measures will be taken and the necessary assistance will be provided,” Sarraj said in his message.
He claims that the LNA allegedly carried out the bombing of civilian areas, airports, a military college, and refugee centers, and also abducted one of the Libyan parliament members.
The Foreign Ministry said that the conflict in Libya is in an acute phase
In Libya, the confrontation continues between the Government of National Accord (PNS) Fayez Sarraj, which controls Tripoli and territories in the west of the country and is supported by Turkey, and the Libyan National Army under the command of Khalifa Haftar, which is supported politically by Egypt.
On 6 June, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi met with Haftar and the head of the House of Representatives, Aquila Saleh, in eastern Libya. Following the meeting, the head of Egypt announced the “Cairo initiative”, which includes a ceasefire throughout Libya from June 8 and the terms of a political settlement. The initiative was supported by Russia, the USA and a number of Arab states, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Against the PNS and Turkey.
Libyan People’s Army Commander Marshal Khalifa
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For more than a year, the Haftar army has been trying to recapture the capital of Libya. Both sides of the conflict say that the opponents receive help from arms and manpower from outside. In recent weeks, PNS forces have reported significant successes in the Battle of Tripoli and announced their intention to build on success by establishing control of the city of Sirte and other territories east of the capital.
An international conference on Libya was held in Berlin on January 19 with the participation of Russia, the USA, Turkey, Egypt, and several other countries, as well as the EU and the UN. The main outcome of the conference was an appeal by its participants to a ceasefire in Libya and an obligation to refrain from interfering in the conflict, observing the embargo on the supply of arms to the parties. In addition, participants in the meeting proposed the creation of a ceasefire monitoring committee.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) was established on July 17, 1998, on the basis of the Rome Statute. The jurisdiction of the court is the consideration of crimes against humanity, war crimes, as well as the prosecution of those responsible for genocide. The largest countries in the world, in particular the USA, China, and Russia, do not recognize the ICC and refuse to cooperate with it.