French General: Paris Meeting On Libya Is A Failure

date 2016/10/07 views 269 comments 0

icon-writer Mohamed Moslem/English version: Dalila Henache

Nearly a week has passed since the international meeting on Libya that was hosted by the French capital Paris under the auspices of the Elysée Palace, and there is no news in terms of resolving the crisis in the eastern neighbor, prompting observers, who have followed closely this meeting, to describe it as a failure.

First person who spoke about this issue was a French former General in Air Forces, Jean-Vincent Brisset, who said that the Paris meeting did not achieve any significant results, adding that there was no statement that culminates this meeting, which has left a large controversy, and was rejected and disapproval by the government of national reconciliation, led by Fayez Al-Sarraj.

Gen. Vincent, who is at the present time, the director of research at the French Institute of International and Strategic Relationships in Paris, added that "Most prominent result which came out of that meeting did not exceed the demand of expandsion of government, and otherwise, we can not talk about any achievement", a demand that the government of reconciliation preceded its refusal from Algeria, in the words of Foreign Minister, Mohamed Tahar Siala, in a joint press conference with the Minister for Maghreb and African Affairs and the Arab League, Abdelkader Messahel.

"Failure of this meeting has nothing to do with the  decline of the French role at the international level, but with the ability to solve conflicts, unlike what was happening in the past, and this failure is due to the flop of the French diplomacy in dealing with this issue and other issues, and the uncertainty that accompanied the speech of the Foreign Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, during the meeting, when he talked about the expansion of government, but he did not make it clear whether it comes to the government of reconciliation  that is recognized and led by Fayez Al-Sarraj, based in the capital Tripoli, or the interim government that is based in the city of Tobruk in the far east of Libya, and that is led by Abdullah Athanie".

French General expressed his surprise at the exclusion of the components of the Libyan crisis and some countries that have an impact on the social and political components, and considered what happened as containing a lot of ambiguity and uncertainty, as he also expressed surprised about the lack of any reference to what happened in the press conference that followed the meeting and its content, and the parties that participated in it as well, on the ministry's web site.

Previously, the French authorities did not invite Algeria to take part in the Paris meeting, despite the strong presence and prominent weight in influencing some factions of the Libyan crisis, which were not invited in turn to this meeting, and were replaced by the states that are known with intervening in the Libyan affairs, such as Egypt and the United Arab Emirates which support the Government in Tobruk, and Turkey and Qatar, which stand alongside the reconciliation government.

Observers believe that the exclusion of opponents of the Libyan crisis from the Paris meeting, was among the reasons of this failure, because it is unreasonable to exclude the main parties of the conflict from this date, and perhaps this was behind the rejection of Sarraj Government to any orientation in the direction of reconsidering the components of a reconciliation government, which came into existence under international mechanisms.

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