After Gaza, Egypt sets its sights on stabilization of Libya

Cairo preparing to present plan to UN Security Council

28 August, 12:56

    (by Claudio Accogli) (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, AUGUST 28 - Egypt is turning a new leaf and, while still savoring the taste of of its first international diplomatic victory with the Gaza ceasefire, warms the engines to tackle the number one issue on Cairo's international agenda: Libya. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is preparing to put an Egyptian plan on the United Nations Security Council table for the stabilization of Libya that has received strong consensus from other 'allies' neighbouring Libya - Tunisia, Algeria, Chad and Sudan.

    The project revolves around the consolidation of the authority of Parliament elected in June, with Cairo playing a leading role. The Egyptian government has already promised military aid in the form of technical and consulting services to the 'leaders of Tobruk'. The first step to be taken under the plan would be an immediate ceasefire and the creation of a political committee, led by Egypt, to start a national dialogue among the various factions in Libya.

    The plan also includes a 'table' on security coordinated by Algeria, a country that has one of the most technologically advanced armies in North Africa, according to Libyan diplomatic sources.

    Then the Libyan parliament and its armed forces, furnished with foreign arms conveyed through the United Nations and government, would proceed to disarm militias unconditionally.

    Sisi's plan, which enjoys the support of Saudi Arabia and the sympathy of Vladimir Putin, could find unexpected consensus in the West. Despite US broadsides charging the United Arab Emirates and Egypt for raids on Tripoli last week - this time coming from official sources: the US State Department and the Pentagon - the Egyptian plan, on paper, is exactly what Washington would aim to achieve in Libya.

    The US has been working on a very similar project, but with the unique, essential condition that no action under the aegis of the United Nations in Libya could use American troops, diplomatic sources quoted by the Los Angeles Times revealed.

    "It would be perceived as an invasion," US officials said.

    In addition, the Obama administration has been forced into growing military engagement in Iraq and Syria. The opening of another front in the Mediterranean, while the eastern Ukraine is in flames as well as the US relationship with Moscow, would place the US in the middle of a global conflict with an uncertain outcome. (ANSAmed).

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