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US resumes discussions with west and east Libya on militia demobilization

US resumes discussions with west and east Libya on militia demobilization

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 28 June 2020: The US State Department reported Friday that it had held discussions last Wednesday with Libya’s internationally recognized government based in Tripoli on militia demobilization. It said it plans to do the same with eastern Libya. Here is the full statement: ‘‘On June 24th the U.S. Government and the Libyan Ministry of the Interior (MoI) met virtually to resume discussions on militia demobilization.  The end of the siege of Tripoli has created a renewed opportunity and an imperative to address militias, in the west and in the east of Libya.  As part of continued U.S. engagement with all sides, the U.S. delegation will convene a similar conversation with LNA representatives. The two parties affirmed that all Libyan citizens should enjoy the protection of capable and accountable security forces, free from the dangers posed by militias, armed groups, and foreign fighters.  The MoI delegation briefed the U.S. side on [...]
libyaherald, 6 days ago

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Collection of the state’s Tuna fishing revenues discussed

Collection of the state’s Tuna fishing revenues discussed

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 27 June 2020: Libya’s Tripoli-based Administrative Control Authority (ACA) reported yesterday that it had held a meeting on Thursday to discuss mechanisms for the collection of revenues from the 2020 tuna fishing season. The meeting included the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Finance, the Tripoli Central Bank of Libya, and the General Authority for Marine Wealth. The meeting discussed the mechanism of collecting revenues and revenues collected from the sale of tuna in accordance with the financial legislation in force in the Libyan state. At the end of the . . . This article is only available to subscribers. Please login or subscribe.
libyaherald, 7 days ago

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As cases rise to 698, Tripoli extends Coronavirus curfew until 7 July

As cases rise to 698, Tripoli extends Coronavirus curfew until 7 July

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 26 June 2020: With the country’s Coronavirus cases still increasing, Libya’s Tripoli-based government extended the country’s (west and south) 8pm to 6am curfew for another ten days from tomorrow – taking it to 7 July. Yesterday, Libya’s National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 28 new positive Coronavirus cases, taking the total to 698 with 140 recoveries and 18 deaths. The government also imposed a 24-hour weekend ban for the second weekend running to reduce socialising. Movement between cities is also prohibited. Sources in Tripoli report that people are exhibiting curfew fatigue and are generally no longer respecting social distancing rules nor are they wearing masks in public. The continuing acute power cuts of up to 10 hours per day have made it difficult for people to lock themselves in during Libya’s stifling summer heat. Many have headed to the beaches.
libyaherald, 8 days ago

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Libya’s Coronavirus cases continue to rise – up to 639 and 17 deaths

Libya’s Coronavirus cases continue to rise – up to 639 and 17 deaths

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 24 June 2020: Libya’s Coronavirus cases have continued to rise despite curfews and inter-city travel bans. Yesterday, Libya’s National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported Coronavirus cases had reached 639 over the last five days, with 132 recoveries and 17 deaths. The cases have been spread across the country. Sources in Tripoli have reported to Libya Herald that the public are not keeping to the two-metre social distancing rule nor are they wearing masks in public. The situation has been exacerbated by the stifling summer heat (reaching 40 degrees) and lengthy power cuts which have are forcing people out – especially to the beaches. Equally, having endured months of curfews the public have become increasingly resistant to them.
libyaherald, 10 days ago

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There is new evidence of Russian aircraft active in Libyan airspace: AFRICOM

There is new evidence of Russian aircraft active in Libyan airspace: AFRICOM

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 19 June 2020: There is new evidence of Russian aircraft active in Libyan airspace: US Africa Command (AFRICOM) said yesterday. It said Russian aircraft delivered to Libya in late May are now being actively flown in Libya. These Russian aircraft are being used to support private military companies (PMCs) sponsored by the Russian government. U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) has photographic evidence of a Russian aircraft taking off from al-Jufra, Libya. A MiG-29 was also photographed operating in the vicinity of the city of Sirte, Libya. "Russia's sustained involvement in Libya increases the violence and delays a political solution," said U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Bradford Gering, USAFRICOM director of operations. "Russia continues to push for a strategic foothold on NATO's southern flank and this is at the expense of innocent Libyan lives." In late May, USAFRICOM reported that at least 14 MiG-29s and several Su-24s were flown from [...]
libyaherald, 15 days ago

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Wahda bank holds meeting to discuss recovering its debts

Wahda bank holds meeting to discuss recovering its debts

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libyaherald, 16 days ago

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LIA wins another important court case towards protecting its assets

LIA wins another important court case towards protecting its assets

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libyaherald, 19 days ago

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U.S calls for de-escalation, ceasefire and a return to political negotiations

U.S calls for de-escalation, ceasefire and a return to political negotiations

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 12 June 2020: At a U.S Department of State Special Briefing on Libya (and Iraq) held in Washington DC yesterday, David Schenker, Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, said the US sees continued (Russian) interference in Libya as a threat to its interests. The return to military talks by both sides was welcomed, and the US repeated its call for de-escalation, a ceasefire, and a return to full political negotiations. Schenker said that the use of critical infrastructure that belongs to the Libyan people as a tool of war such as oil or water is reprehensible and must end On Hafter’s alleged trip to Venezuela, he said he could not confirm the trip but was concerned by the reports. Here is the full brief on Libya: An introduction on Libya by the moderator: Over the past week or so, we were heartened to hear that the Government of National Accord and the Libyan National Army re-entered UN security talks to implement a ceasefire and [...]
libyaherald, 22 days ago

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