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Italy is the chief mediator

The Italians view with growing concern over the Mediterranean sea to Libya. No news broadcast, in not reminding them of how close to the war and the mess of tor

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Italy is the chief mediator

The Italians view with growing concern over the Mediterranean sea to Libya. No news broadcast, in not reminding them of how close to the war and the mess of torn former colony, located a few Hundred kilometers only. The magazine "Internazionale" was the headline on its latest Cover: "The war on the horizon". A photo from the moving sea under a dramatic black clouds.

The fighting between the troops of General Khalifa Haftar, the authorities from the East of Libya, and those of the national unity government in Tripoli have in the last few days with the intensity of the won. Since the beginning of the Offensive Haftars 146 people are killed, among them 35 children. The hospitals report that 614 casualties. 13'500 inhabitants of the capital fled.

sponsors on both sides

The resistance of the units of Premier Fayez al-Sarraj, supported by militias from Misrata, is apparently greater than it had assumed Haftar. Hundreds of fighters of the Generals were killed. Even fighter jets were used on both sides. A flyer Haftars was shot down.

there was a quick fire break. However, in parallel to the Fighting, the parties to the conflict sought the assistance of international Allies. Haftar, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, one of his main visited sponsors. There were photos of the meeting. In the Roman Palazzo Chigi, the seat of the Italian heads of government were expected on Monday, two important guests: Mohammed Al-Thani, the Qatari foreign Minister, and shortly thereafter, Ahmed Maitik, the strong man from Misrata and Deputy of Sarraj. The 47-year-old Maitik, a business man who has studied in Europe, is considered to be intermediates in uncertain times and a possible successor of Sarraj. With Al-Thani that he is close friends. Qatar financed the militias of Misrata in a long time.

The Italians claim it was a coincidence that the two just stayed on the same day in Italy. But very probably is not. Italy's government is trying with all his might, a more important role to play in the geopolitical tug of war for Libya's future. It has set up a permanent crisis unit, a so-called Directed center, which takes care of Libya. You would like to return to the old intermediary role that you, as a former colonial, to a certain extent given by nature for the complaint. In the past few months, the populists had the most, with their often erratic foreign policy in the Isolation maneuvers.

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The crisis staff belong to the Premier Giuseppe Conte , the non-party Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi, Minister of defence Elisabetta Trenta of the Five-star, as well as the peaks of the Italian secret services on the outside. Not in this body, Minister and Vice-Premier Matteo Salvini , the loudest and most influential member of the Cabinet interior. Salvini, colleagues, kill find with his choice tactically motivated tirades against France and its President, Emmanuel Macron, all the efforts for concerted action in Libya.

The French, said Salvini on the weekend, and should finally stop to "play war", driven by economic thoughts. Are meant oil business. About your two energy companies Eni and Total, Italy, and France in Libya is an old, spiteful feud. But how valid is the accusation that the French had given Haftar specifically the blessing for the March on Tripoli? Paris has already denied several times. However, in Libya and in Italy – the rumour that French military advisers Haftars troops secondary.

With the erratic foreign policy have isolated Rome's populists. Now you want to go back to the old role.

so Far, unchallenged, a report of the "Wall Street Journal", according to which Saudi Arabia supported the General from Tobruk with a lot of money. In addition to Egypt, the Emirates are on the side Haftars. Of the regional actors with a certain radiance white Sarraj, in turn, in addition to Qatar, Turkey. "La Stampa" said that only a joint diplomatic action by Italy, France and the United States was able to bring the rival regional actors to peace. "For Italy and the survival, is important," writes the newspaper, and that is why you must strive for diplomacy. In the other case, the migration would swell wave.

"800'000 migrants"

This is the immediate concern of the Italian government. To told reporters Sarraj, when Italy and Europe would help to stop Haftars Offensive, would soon "800'000 immigrants," on the way to Libyans fleeing from the war.

finally he said, who fleeing before the war, had come with the plane. "Inflatable boats, Boats and Pedalos will not make it to Italy," he said. The ports remained closed. Very long and this hard line could be used in case of emergency but not to keep. No matter how the people flee: Italy would have to take. Premier Conte distanced himself from his Minister of the interior: "there Should be a humanitarian emergency, then you know our country how it is his responsibility," he said. He may not this polemic.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 15.04.2019, 23:20 PM

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