Daniel Halliday
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What is the next step with Libya?

The Crisis in Libya seems to be escalating by the day; a complex and protracted civil war that has led to nearly a third of the country becoming displaced, thousands of casualties, frequent power outages, little business activity, and a $3 billion national loss in oil revenues. Despite numerous agreements fighting continues as the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) struggles to hold on to territory surrounding Tripoli against encroachments by the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by General Khalifa Haftar. With a ceasefire in mind, what should the next step to try and end Libya’s Second Civil War be? theguardian.com/global-development/2014/dec/08/libya-displacement-civil-war-cruel-winter-donor-funding-falls-short newyorker.com/magazine/2015/02/23/unravelling
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The initial step in dealing with the crisis in Libya should be to convince Egypt and UAE to ground drones and planes in order to stop bombing GNA territory in support of Khalifa Haftar’s LNA forces. The United Nations backed government has suspended ceasefire talks, as ceasefire talks cannot continue if one side is actively being bombed, the LNA or countries supporting them need to take the first step in this respect. The EU is currently enforcing a sea blockade as part of an embargo on Libya, but there is currently no air blockade, which is how Haftar’s forces are being supplied. Drones and air support from the UAE has proved a massive boost to Haftar’s campaign, but they continue to supply weapons too and have been aided by Qatar, Sudan, and Turkey in this respect also.

huffpost.com/entry/the-uae-and-qatar-wage-a-_b_8801602 theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/26/united-arab-emirates-bombing-raids-libyan-militias theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/17/eu-agrees-deploy-warships-enforce-libya-arms-embargo reuters.com/article/us-libya-security-idUSKBN1902K0

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The initial step in dealing with the crisis in Libya should be to convince Egypt and UAE to ground drones and planes in order to stop bombing GNA territory in support of Khalifa Haftar’s LNA forces. The United Nations backed government has suspended ceasefire talks, as ceasefire talks cannot continue if one side is actively being bombed, the LNA or countries supporting them need to take the first step in this respect. The EU is currently enforcing a sea blockade as part of an embargo on Libya, but there is currently no air blockade, which is how Haftar’s forces are being supplied. Drones and air support from the UAE has proved a massive boost to Haftar’s campaign, but they continue to supply weapons too and have been aided by Qatar, Sudan, and Turkey in this respect also.
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