Macron leads the effort of the Western neocolonialists to make a deal on looting Libya’s resources
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Here’s what is one of the primary priorities of the new golden boy of the neoliberal establishment. Emmanuel Macron met with Libya’s two main rival leaders, presumably to achieve a piece deal so that the Western vultures could start looting the rich Libyan resources in an environment of ‘peace and stability’.
Libya’s two main rival leaders have agreed to call a ceasefire and hold elections early next year after a meeting in Paris hosted by the French president, Emmanuel Macron.
Macron said Libya’s UN-backed prime minister, Fayez al-Sarraj, and Khalifa Haftar – the military strongman whose forces control large tracts of land in the east of the country – had displayed “historic courage” at the talks outside Paris on Tuesday.
“The cause of peace has made great progress today,” declared Macron at the end of the talks. […] The communique says the two leaders accept that only a political solution can end the crisis, and calls for all militia to be brought under the reins of a national army under political control. “We commit to a ceasefire and to refrain from any use of armed force for any purpose that does not strictly constitute counter-terrorism”, the document says.
A rival administration based in Libya’s remote east – with which Haftar is allied – has refused to recognise Sarraj’s government, and blocked the House of Representatives from being quorate. On the face of it, the Paris deal offers more to Haftar (pictured below) than Serraj.
Most western capitals have been reluctant to give Haftar any political role save as defence minister in a Sarraj-led government, but the territorial gains of his forces have made that an increasingly untenable position. Haftar’s eastern army has won a string of victories that has left it controlling two thirds of the country, including key oil ports and Benghazi, the country’s eastern capital. The general has already declared his intention to capture Tripoli by the end of the year.
Haftar is backed by Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and the bulk of the French military, but has shown little commitment to power sharing and has been accused of human rights violations in capturing Benghazi.
According to some information, “critics regard Sarraj as a politician imposed by foreign powers”.
If you wonder how the man that took part in the coup that brought Gaddafi to power in 1969 still enjoys some Western support against the UN-backed Fayez al-Sarraj, just take a look at Wikipedia and the mystery will be instantly solved:
In 1987, he [Khalifa Haftar] became a prisoner of war during the war against Chad after being lulled into a trap and captured, then a major embarrassment for Gaddafi and represented a major blow to Gaddafi’s ambitions in Chad. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Gaddafi. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the Langley, Virginia, United States, gaining U.S. citizenship. Haftar lived comfortably in Virginia, relatively close to CIA headquarters, from the early 1990s until 2011. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death.
[…]By 1988, Haftar had aligned himself with the National Front for the Salvation of Libya, a U.S. supported opposition group. When U.S. financial aid to Zaire was not forthcoming, Zaire expelled the remainder to Kenya. Kenya only provided temporary residence, and the American CIA negotiated a settlement around 1990, enabling Heftar and 300 of his soldiers to move to the United States under the U.S. refugee programme.
In March 1996, Haftar took part in a failed uprising against Gaddafi in the mountains of eastern Libya, before returning to the U.S.Haftar moved to suburban Virginia outside Washington, D.C., living in Falls Church until 2007. He then moved to Vienna, Virginia..
No doubt that Haftar is the CIA’s agent in Libya and, therefore, no one can touch him. It is obvious that the French have been compromised with the other Western neocolonialists, although as appeared in the Clinton emails brought to light by WikiLeaks, the French wanted exclusively the rich Libyan resources and the Americans were dissatisfied with this situation. Finally, both the Americans and the British joined the race and the Italians also made an attempt to take a piece.
It appears that the Italians “invested” in Libyan PMs since the time of Ali Zeidan (or Zidan).
In the letter above concerning Italy, Paolo Scaroni, CEO of the Italian oil firm ENI, was extremely anxious to develop a new, special relationship with the post-revolutionary Libyan government and intended to gain an advantage on other Western firms looking to do business in the country. Scaroni had the full backing of the Italian government in this matter under Mario Monti, the puppet technocrat who replaced the democratically elected Silvio Berlusconi through an ECB silent coup.
Early this year, Reuters reported that “Prime Minister Fayez al-Seraj flew to Rome from Brussels on the eve of an EU summit in Malta to sign a memorandum of understanding with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. The agreement aims mainly at providing training and equipment needed to better control Libya’s vast, desert borders and bolster its limited coast guard fleet.”
Obviously, the Western vultures are trying to take the best positions right before the beginning of Libya’s final looting, in order to take the best pieces possible.
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