Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar said his offensive on Tripoli won’t stop and political discussions can’t resume until the country’s militias have been disarmed.
In a rare press interview, Haftar told France’s Journal du Dimanche that he marched his military forces on Libya’s capital after six rounds of negotiations with the internationally recognised government in Tripoli failed. Haftar said Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj is incapable of taking decisions because he’s under the control of militias.
“In the last round of negotiations I realised that it’s not him who decides,” Haftar said. “Of course a political solution remains the objective, but to get back to politics we have to finish with the militias once and for all.”
Both men rejected calls for ceasefires on foreign trips — Haftar in Paris and Sarraj in Tunis. Haftar in the interview offered an amnesty to militia members who put down their arms. Haftar also said that United Nations special envoy Ghassan Salame was no longer impartial.