Libyan troops 'heading for Tripoli to liberate it', PM al-Thinni

World abandoned us after Gaddafi, int'l commuty to blame

11 December, 21:45


    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO - Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni has said that a military campaign to liberate Tripoli is continuing. ''Our troops are moving towards Tripoli to liberate it,'' Thinni told Al Arabiya News Channel, adding that his forces were advancing from the west and would also seize the main border crossing to Tunis. Tripoli is under the control of Islamist Libya Dawn militias that have set up a 'parallel' government. Thinni said that Libyan forces were on the edge of Ajaylat (80 kilometers west of Tripoli), where the population ''rejoiced on their arrival''.

    They will now retake the Ras Jedir border crossing, he said in a lengthy interview, and move towards Tripoli to liberate it.

    The Libyan PM estimated that Libya Dawn militias currently control not more than 5-10% of the territory ''through repression and torture'', and that 95% of Libyans support the elected parliament and its government. Thinni reiterated his support for UN-mediated dialogue, but said that it must not be ''unconditional dialogue. Those who want to contribute are welcome, but they must recognize our legitimacy''.

    Al-Thinni also told Al-Arabiya that the international community was to blame for the current situation in Libya, having abandoned the country after ousting Muammar Gaddafi. He added that the weapons should have been destroyed in order to rebuild the state, and that UN sanctions on arms imports put ''victims and killers on the same level''. ''They want us to fight terrorism, the Islamic State (ISIS) and Ansar Al-Sharia, but without the support of some (nations) brothers, we would not have last this long,'' said the PM of the transitional government, who during the lengthy interview thanked the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

    Thinni added that the UN mission in Libya ''uses a double standard''. ''When the Libya Dawn militias hit Tripoli and killed civilians, it was silent. When the air force hit the militias' arms depots, envoy Bernardino Leon called it unacceptable.'' ''It is our duty to destroy the bases and weapons depots'' of the Islamist militias, he said. (ANSAmed). 

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