FRANCE 24 spoke to Salah el Din Al-Namroush, the Defence Minister of Libya's government of national accord, which is recognised by the United Nations. Salah el Din Al-Namroush described Khalifa Haftar as a ‘war criminal’, and claimed that no future political agreement will be reached with Haftar, the general commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA).
In an interview from the Libyan capital Tripoli, Salah al-Namroush, the defence minister of Libya’s government of national accord (GNA), told FRANCE 24 that the forces of Haftar were violating a ceasefire agreed upon by both camps in October. He said that while the GNA forces were respecting the agreement, Haftar, supported by mercenaries, had launched attacks in the south of the country. He warned that the GNA was ready to pull out of a military commission set up by the UN to monitor the ceasefire if those violations were to continue.
He expressed serious doubts that elections could be held in December 2021 as agreed recently by a Libyan national dialogue forum under the aegis of the UN. And he vividly ruled out a possibility that Haftar would retain a role in a future political agreement, branding him a war criminal who should be in jail. He warned that if the ceasefire broke down, the GNA was ready to engage in a military battle against Haftar.
He said it was a “shame” that France had supported Haftar for years and expressed hope that it would change. He brushed aside France’s criticism of Turkey’s role in Libya, arguing that the strategic partnership between the GNA and Ankara is clear and public, while the arrangements between Haftar and his foreign backers are made in secret.
He went on to say that the GNA was ready to engage in talks with the other side in order to forge a political solution, on the condition that Haftar is sidelined once and for all.
On how Europe should try to recover from the crisis, Ferreira says: "We have to relaunch the future. We have to be more cohesive. We cannot leave anybody behind, regardless of where they were born or what region they come from. We have got to be more intelligent, more green and more digital. We now have the hope that we will have the needed funds very soon."
Asked about how cohesion funds are currently being used, she says: "Sometimes people don't know this, but a lot of the masks, ventilators, support to part-time workers, support to small-and-medium-sized companies – all this is being financed by the structural funds and by the national envelopes that were not yet completely allocated to specific projects. We created an exceptional rule so the envelopes can be transferred and they are being transferred. We have about €18 billion that are being spent on emergency actions. These kinds of projects will continue until 2023. We will also financially support reforms in member states such as the renovation of buildings and reform of public administration."
Finally, asked about the mismanagement of EU regional and cohesion funds, with fraud officially accounting for less than one percent of them, the Commissioner insists there is "zero tolerance" for fraud: "We can't generalise about this. And when it does happen, we don't have a relaxed or compromising attitude towards it. We go to the end of the end of all criminal procedures. If we detect fraud, we don't just sit and look at it. No. We go through all the procedures and often, in most cases, we can be reimbursed for that money."
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