PARIS, The French Foreign Ministry strongly denied the accusations by the Libyan government that Paris was supporting “Field Marshall” Khalifa Haftar in his struggle for power against Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj.
France said that accusations by the Libyan Interior Ministry earlier in the day, alleging French support both diplomatic and other for Haftar, were “totally unfounded,” France 24 reported on Thursday.
France has regularly called on both sides in the conflict to “imperatively” reach a cease-fire and resume negotiations on a political solution and elections in Libya.
Around 200 people are known to have died in just less than two weeks of fighting in Tripoli as Haftar’s offensive takes root in the south of the city.
Thousands of civilians have been forced to leave their homes and others are trapped by the fighting, which includes air strikes by Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA).
France has also warned that there is no military solution in Libya and has urged the belligerents to cooperate with the UN mediation led by Special Envoy Ghassan Salame. French officials have not denied meeting with representatives from Haftar’s faction in Paris in early April, but they deny any forward knowledge of the Libyan strongman’s attack on Tripoli.
Diplomats here also point out they are talking to all parties in the conflict, in addition to Salame, who spoke with Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Wednesday.
Source: Kuwait News Agency