Libya’s regions seek autonomy
The authorities of Libya’s third largest city of Misrata have restricted entry into the city for people from other regions to ensure security and order. According to local authorities, ex-rebel troops will be protecting the city.
The Guardian paper calls this measure a declaration of autonomy. Earlier, Libya’s oil-rich Cyrenaica did the same.
The country seems to be falling apart after the West-backed civil war.
Russia concerned about signs of separatism in Libya
Russia is concerned about what is referred to as dangerous signs of separatism in Libya, and urges the Libyan authorities to settle all national problems through talks.
This came in a statement at the UN Security Council by the Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin.
This past Tuesday, the tribal chiefs and field commanders of Eastern Libya declared the creation of a semiautonomous region Cyrenaica.
Some 2,000 delegates of the expressly called “Congress of the People of Cyrenaica” formed a Supreme Transitional Council.
The Libyan authorities threatened to use force to prevent the declaration of Cyrenaica independence. According to Churkin, Russia stands for Libya’s territorial integrity but feels that all problems should invariably be settled politically.
Syrian rebels being trained in Libya
Moscow is concerned about the training of rebels in Libya against the government of Syria declared Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin.
He clarified that there is a special center, located on the territory of Libya, where so-called Syrian revolutionaries are trained.
According to Mr. Churkin the trainees are then sent to Syria to conduct combat operations against the legitimate government.
Churkin called this practice “totally unacceptable” and said that it undermines the stability of the entire Middle East.
The confrontation between Bashar Assad and his opponents has continued in Syria for over a year.
The victims of clashes during this period are from five to nine thousand people.
Tripoli not to allow British police to investigate Lockerby case in Libya
The Libyan authorities have prevented British police officers from entering Libya to investigate the terrorist attack over Lockerby, Scotland, in 1988, an attack that claimed 270 lives.
According to the Interior Minister of Libya’s National Transitional Council, Fawzi Abdel A’al, the United States and the UK received millions of dollars from Gaddafi to close the case and release prison inmate Abdel Baset al-Migrahi, who was charged with committing the crime.
The Libyan special service agent was sentenced to life in prison in 1999, but released two years later as terminally ill. He was said to have cancer, however, the man is still alive.
The mass media do not rule out that the release of al-Migrahi was part of the agreement to allow the British Petroleum Company to produce oil in Libya.